Global Best Practises In Combating Forced Marriages and Bride Kidnapping
A recent case in Georgia in October 2023 has once again brought the issue of forced marriages to international attention. Aitaj, a 14-year-old girl from the Azeri community, was kidnapped by a 27-year-old man who wanted to force her into marriage. She was then murdered by him while trying to escape from her captor.
Recognizing the critical need to address the issue of forced marriages, the Human Rights Council passed a resolution in July, which includes a range of recommendations to governments to take holistic action to prevent and end forced marriage. Our experts and speakers will share their experiences and the best global practices.
Join us for a discussion on global best practices in combating forced marriages and bride kidnapping on Tuesday, November 28, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Tbilisi Time/3:00 – 4:30 PM East African Time/ 12:00 PM GMT. We’ll look at the recent tragic case in Georgia. We will also hear expert opinions from Ethiopia and South Sudan.
Moderator: Tamar Dekanosidze, Eurasia Regional Representative, Equality Now
- Keti Chutlashvili, Social Justice Center, Georgia – to present on the latest case of bride kidnapping and murder and the response of the authorities and the justice system
- Hanna Lemma, Founder and Director, Addis Powerhouse – to highlight the case of abductions and forced marriages in Ethiopia, the measures they have taken to address forced marriage and best practices, as well as causes for the recent resurgence in cases
- Josephine Chanduru, STEWARD Women, South Sudan – to highlight the case of abductions and forced marriages in South Sudan, including the effect of the conflict and measures taken to address them
- Divya Srinivasan, Global Lead, End Harmful Practices, Equality Now – to present global best practices in addressing child and forced marriages
Language interpretation in English, Georgian and Russian will be provided.
You can register to join us online via Zoom.