This Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015 in London, the inspiring young people that IKWRO is working with as part of our #RightToKnow campaign, will be performing flash mobs calling for the government to make every school “honour” based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) safe.
The flash mobs will be performed on both days from 2pm at Islington Green. We’d love you to come along with your friends and family to show your support for the campaign.
As every young person must attend school, it’s clear that they are the best place to reach every young person with information that saves lives. Yet, currently it’s a lottery as to whether a young person is taught their right not to face “honour” based violence, forced marriage or FGM, or where they can go for help should they or their friends be at risk and there’s even no guarantee that their school staff will have received training to understand these forms of abuse, or know what to do to ensure their students are kept safe.
This has to change. Young people’s safety must not be left to chance.
This is why IKWRO has established the #RightToKnow campaign which demands that the government steps up to ensure:
All schools embed the prevention of “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM into their safeguarding procedures, which must be monitored by Ofsted.
All school staff are trained to understand and spot the signs of “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM and to know what to do if any student could be at risk.
Every student is educated that they have the right not to face “honour” based violence, forced marriage or FGM and where support is available for them and for anyone who they are concerned may be at risk.
IKWRO knows from our extensive work with Survivors and in schools, that young people feel passionately that they should be taught information that will keep them and their fellow students safe from “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM and they want to have confidence that their schools are equipped to keep them safe. But all to often the voices of those most affected, young people, are not considered. That’s why we’ve teamed our Right To Know campaign up with young people, to make sure their voices are heard.
Follow us on facebook and twitter @IKWRO with our hashtag #RightToKnow and join us on 26th and 27th September in tweeting Nicky Morgan the Secretary of State for Education:
@NickyMorgan01 make every school #FGM #ForcedMarriage & #honourbasedviolence safe #RightToKnow
If you have any questions about the flash mobs or if you are a journalist and would like to cover the campaign, please email our Campaign Officer Sara.Browne@ikwro.org.
Together we can end “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM.
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