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“we are encouraged by the success of this venture”
2. persuade (someone) to do or continue to do something by giving support and advice.
“women and girls are encouraged to be brave”
“the intention is to encourage gender equilibrium”

Real Life Cases

I was abused as a child bride and this is what I learned | Samra Zafar | TEDxMississauga 

 

Girls Not Wives | Rachana Sunar | Oslo Freedom Forum 2016 

 

America’s forced marriage problem | Fraidy Reiss | TEDxFoggyBottom

 

Fighting forced marriages and honour based abuse | Jasvinder Sanghera | TEDxGöteborg

 

 

How I Escaped Child Marriage To Become A Women’s Rights Activist | Mercy Akuot | TEDxKakumaCamp

 

What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman’s hijab? | Samina Ali | TEDxUniversityofNevada

 

I’m Here to Confuse you Mona Elthawy

 

Case Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun

Saudi girl takes action and refuses to go back home. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi woman who captured the world’s attention by barricading herself in a Thai hotel room after fleeing abuse in her own country, has said she hopes to inspire other Saudi women to be “brave and free”. theguardian.com

 

Case Ali Lasloom

Lasloom, a 24-year-old Saudi woman, was attempting to leave her family in Kuwait and intended to seek asylum in Australia. But after being stopped in transit in the Philippines, she faced being sent back to Saudi Arabia. According to a number of people who have spoken to BBC Trending, Lasloom was attempting to escape an arranged marriage. In the video, she claimed the authorities in Manila prevented her from boarding a connecting flight, and took her passport. bbc.com

 

#savebasma  A Yemeni girl who fled to Turkey

This is all based on a real, recent story. One that is ongoing for a 24-year-old young woman from Yemen, who currently lives in Turkey. Amy is an ex-Muslim. Like many ex-Muslims, her story is not uncommon and can be claimed as one sector of the non-religious population subjected to horrendous abuse and disownment by family and community simply for exercising their fundamental human rights to freedom of belief and freedom of religion. It is within their rights and part of their conscience that they do not share the beliefs of their family and community, by and large, and consider themselves ex-Muslims: apostates. goodmenproject.com

 

Case Latifa

On the night of March 4th, 2018, the daughter of the Ruler of Dubai disappreared. At the time of her disappearance, HRH Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum was attempting to escape her tyrannical father in the company of trusted friends.

The boat was intercepted and it’s crew and passengers transported back to the UAE – leaving Princess Latifa back in the hands of her furious father – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Since that evening Latifa has not been seen or heard from and presumed to be held in captivity in Dubai on the orders of her father. We are seeking to raise awareness of this abuse of her human rights and seek her safe return. freelatifa.com

 

Case Rana

Rana did not believe in Allah. And she was convinced that also women deserve a life of freedom and equality. She knew that it was only a matter of time before she would be threatened, persecuted or murdered in her homeland because of her nonconform views on religion, people and the universe, possibly even by her own family. Life in Saudi Arabia became unbearable for her, so she was eventually faced with a choice: Suicide or escapeatheist-refugees.com

 

Case Ali Nojoud

8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband. usatoday30.usatoday.comWhen Nujood was granted the divorce the courts ordered her to pay her former husband $200. In a nation where many live on just $1 a day that is a huge amount. digitaljournal.com


In 2013 Ali reported to the media that her father had forced her out of their home, and has withheld most of the money paid by the publishers. Her father has also arranged a marriage for her younger sister, Haifa. He used the money earmarked for Ali’s education to buy two new wives for himself, and, according to haaretz.com, sold Haifa into marriage with a much older man. Ali’s ex-husband only pays her $30 a month alimony. Also, Ali’s passport was taken because of the negative publicity she had brought for Jemen. wikipedia.org

 

Case Hind Mohammed al-Bolooki

Hind Mohammed al-Bolooki, 43, says she was locked in a room at her home in Dubai in October last year (2018) by family members after she asked for a divorce, but she managed to escape and leave the country. Bolooki made her escape after being allowed to go to the toilet. She climbed through a window without her shoes and hid on a nearby construction site for two hours before asking a taxi driver to take her to a friend’s house in Sharjah, a city half an hour away.

Her asylum application in North Macedonia was rejected on Tuesday after what Bolooki’s friends claim was pressure on the local authorities from the UAE to send her back to her family. Bolooki was given a grace period of 15 days to leave the country, but she has been held at a detention centre for immigrants since 7 December with no prospect of release, and it is feared she will be deported back to the UAE when the clock runs out. theguardian.com

Case Loujain al-Hathloul

Loujain was first arrested in December 2014 after she tried to drive from the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia. She was released after more than 70 days in prison and placed under a travel ban for several months.

In September 2017, the Saudi government announced that the ban on women driving was going to be removed the following June. Loujain received a call before the announcement from an official in the royal court forbidding her from commenting or talking about it on social media.

Loujain moved to the U.A.E. and enrolled into a master’s degree in applied sociological research at Sorbonne University’s Abu Dhabi campus. But in March she was pulled over by security officers while driving, put on a plane and transferred to a prison in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She was released after a few days but banned from traveling outside the kingdom and warned not to use social media.

Then came her arrest in May. I hoped that Loujain would be released on June 24, the date for removing the ban on women driving. That glorious day arrived, and I was delighted to see Saudi women behind the wheel.

But Loujain was not released.

She said she had been held in solitary confinement, beaten, waterboarded, given electric shocks, sexually harassed and threatened with rape and murder. My parents then saw that her thighs were blackened by bruises. nytimes.com

Case Yasmine Mohammed

Yasmine was born in California and raised in Canada.

Years of depression and continued trauma later, I was forced into a marriage with a man that I barely knew. I was nineteen when my mother sat me down and told me that she was sick and tired of me and that she no longer wanted to deal with me. I was sick and tired of her too. After years of fighting, I thought maybe if I just listen to her, maybe she’ll actually like me… possibly love me as she loved my sister, who never stepped out of line. And perhaps he will be a decent man. I was so tired of fighting, and so out of options, that I gave in. I didn’t approve of the marriage, per se, but in Islam a woman’s silence is consent.

After we were legally married, and I moved into his apartment, the beatings and the rapes began almost immediately. I would try to elicit my mother’s help, but she would only remind me of the verses in the Quran that clearly gave him permission to beat and rape me. Who was I to defy Allah’s commands? I withdrew inside myself under a black niqab that covered every bit of me, even my eyes. I also wore black opaque socks and black gloves delivered from Saudi Arabia. theahafoundation.org

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Anna Juusela is an entrepreneur, a retail pro in transition, pulled by a vision, to prevent forced marriages. Dreamer of gender equilibrium.

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