We are pleased to announce the official launch of our online store!
Our series of posters on Black Feminism are now available to purchase here.
These posters are designed by Coco Edwards on behalf of Imkaan. We have created these posters not only to celebrate and demystify black feminism, but also to revive the conversation.
We have selected images and quotes which reflect the diversity and relevance of the movement, as well as the purpose of Imkaan.
For each red poster sold, £2 will be donated to Million Women Rise.
Each poster is printed on high quality 200 gsm paper.
For a limited time, you can purchase Resistance, Equality and Respect as a set for £15.
Imkaan’s statement in response to the recent government announcement on forced marriage.
Imkaan welcomes the government’s commitment to addressing forced marriage, including the announcement that over £500,000 of funding will be made available over the next three years to support work in this important area. The signing of the Council of Europe convention on Combating and Preventing Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (CAHVIO) sends an important message that violence against women and girls (VAWG) is both unacceptable and a priority in the UK.
Imkaan’s Executive Director, Marai Larasi states; “We are pleased that some of the government’s proposals begin to address the concerns highlighted by organisations such as ours over a number of years. For example the proposed work in schools, the strengthening of safeguarding mechanisms and the roll out of training are important steps in the right direction”.
However, like many of the Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) women’s services that we represent we are disappointed that the government has chosen to create a separate criminal offence of forced marriage rather than strengthen existing legislation. As is the case with any area of work, prosecution cannot work on its own and is not enough. It has to run parallel with other sources of support if we want more women and girls to come forward for help and get timely and appropriate assistance and advice.
Sumanta Roy, Imkaan’s Policy and Research Manager states; “It is crucial that support is available whether or not they go through civil or criminal processes. Furthermore the civil and criminal processes are likely to be more effective if women and girls are given appropriate specialist support.”
Going forward, the government must ensure that agencies prioritise:
- Prevention, and ensuring that work across schools is consistent e.g. independent schools need to engage.
- Crisis support. This is currently delivered primarily by BMER services who understand the specific risks being faced by women and girls and these services are often the main sources of support for victims. Yet many of these services are facing deep cuts and are struggling to manage the increased demand for their services.
- On-going support and resettlement, to ensure that victims are able to rebuild their lives.
It is critical that women and girls have access to a robust support package across the UK. Imkaan’s own report Missing Link, produced for the Mayor of London points to inadequacies in many London boroughs, where women and girls at risk of, or going through a forced marriage cannot access the specialist support and advice they need from women’s organisations– as they simply do not exist in their area.
Imkaan intends to monitor the impact of the changes and our priority will be to work with the government and other partners to ensure that vulnerable women and girls get the short and long-term support, advice and protection they require. The minimum standards that we are currently developing for work on issues such as forced marriage will help to ensure that service providers offer consistent, high quality support to vulnerable women and girls.
For more information, contact the office on 020 7250 3933, or firstname.lastname@example.org