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Jasvinder Sanghera

Jasvinder is the UK’s foremost national campaigner on honour-based violence and forced marriage. Acting as an expert to Government, Jasvinder has used the authority of her life experience to inform legislative change and has been credited for her role in bringing about the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007.

Best-selling author of ‘Shame’ and ‘Daughters of Shame’, she has dedicated her life’s work to making sure the subject of honour-based violence is brought out into the open – where it can be seen, heard, critically examined and stopped. Among her many accolades and awards, she has been recognised as an Ambassador for Peace by the Women’s Federation of Peace. Along the way she has also scooped up the ultimate national badge of respect – the Pride of Britain award 2009.

Having founded the Karma Nirvana project in 1993, Jasvinder’s life has been profoundly shaped by her passionate commitment to justice and her belief that all people, regardless of race, colour or creed, have an unequivocal right to the same human freedoms. She has taken the fight to end honour-based violence to the whole of the UK and plans to go on – and on – until this scandal ends.

Karma Nirvana is launching its telephone helpline in the United States in the autumn.

In 2007 she received the Women of the Year Window to the World Award.

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