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November 18th, 2013

 Here in the GTA, forced marriages are known to affect women and girls, and also men and boys born in Canada, as well as those born abroad, IRRESPECTIVE of ETHNICITY, RELIGION, CULTURE, or SEXUALITY. The Forced Marriage Project (FMP) of Agincourt Community Services Association  invites you to participate in FREE training for service providers on the […]


FMP Newsletter #8

November 7th, 2013

  The actual picture of the survivor in this story could not be used because of safety concerns for her, and for her family members still in Africa On the Run! What Happens When Your Choice is: Accept a Forced Marriage or Be Killed? Aisha[1] grew up in Canada. On the cusp of puberty she moved […]


Issue #7

September 25th, 2013

 The Shafia daughters Zainab (top right), 19, Sahar (bottom right), 17, Geeti (bottom left), 13, and Mr. Shafia’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad (top left)   Honour Crimes: An Oxymoron?       What Makes a Crime an Honour Crime?   The crimes are horrific. Three girls and their aunt drown in their car, in a canal. […]


Marriages NOT Made in Heaven: Issue – #6 13/6/13

June 13th, 2013

Forced Marriage by Religious Leaders in Canada ~ Shirley Gillett, FMP Coordinator   We’ve all heard the stories out of Bountiful BC’s polygamous Mormon sect (FLDS)[1] where young girls were trafficked between communities in the US and Canada, and forced into polygamous marriages to men often older than their fathers. And we may have heard […]


Issue #5 – 15/4/13

April 15th, 2013

Disposable Daughters Story by : S.C. Gillett     Recently, a heart-wrenching story in The New York Times (March 31, 2013) told of a father being forced to give his six-year-old daughter in marriage, as payment for a loan to cover medical bills that he was unable to repay. “She does not know what is […]


Issue #4 – 5/3/13

March 4th, 2013

The “Broken Bride” Project – An Interview with John Onuoha  ~ Shirley Gillett, FMP Coordinator   FMP: How did you become interested in the issue of forced marriage? JOHN: To start with, my sister’s case inspired me to write the book, Broken Bride. Seeing her gradually breaking down into something I would call a living death after a failed […]


Issue #3 – 7/2/13

February 7th, 2013

Helping Afghan Women Tell Their Stories You can help Afghan women and girls develop their writing skills and share their stories with the rest of the world, including their stories of forced marriage. The Afghan Women’s Writing Project pairs Afghan women and girls with established writers to assist them in developing their writing skills. The […]


Issue #2 -18/1/13

January 18th, 2013

The Revolution Has Begun   When 10-year-old Nujood Ali entered a courtroom in Yemen and demanded a divorce from the abusive man she had been forced to marry, she started a revolution. Her courageous act encouraged other girls in forced marriages to come forward and demand their freedom. It also brought worldwide attention to the issue […]


Issue #1 – 5/12/12

December 5th, 2012

Launch of the Forced Marriage Project E-Newsletter. Click on the image below to read the newsletter.