Forest Gate schoolgirls raise awareness about domestic violence and forced marriages

PUBLISHED: 15:25 14 March 2018

Pupils at Al Azhar Academy in Westfield. Picture: Javeria Coleridge

Pupils at Al Azhar Academy in Westfield. Picture: Javeria Coleridge

Javeria Coleridge

Schoolgirls from Forest Gate went to Westfield shopping centre last week to raise awareness about honour based violence and forced marriages.

Year 8 pupils at Al Azhar Academy have been on an eight week training course about honour based violence, forced marriages, female genital mutilation, sexual harassment, counter terrorism and British values.

The Year 8 students ran a community desk at the shopping centre in Stratford so they could speak to members of the public about the issues.

Maryam Ahmed, Year 8, said: “We chose to stand up against domestic violence and forced marriages to support those who are experiencing feeling imprisoned, abused and depressed wanting to run away or commit suicide because of what they are going through.

“Everyone should have the right to marry who they want.”

Headteacher Rookshana Adam said: “Our students are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance towards domestic violence and honour based violence.”

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