The Government very admirably is trying to tackle the issue of Forced Marriage. One aspect of its approach is a poster for schools. This approach aims to raise awarness of the general school population, but specifically can give vital information to any girl or boy who fear that they may become victims of their motherland’s barbaric culture. The poster is quite explicit in its message abnd rightly so.
Therefore it absolutly amazes me that some schools mostly in cuturally diverse areas (where the posters are most needed) are refusing to put the posters up for fear of causing offense. Well i am sorry these posters should cause offence,i am more offended by anyone being made to marry than i am about a few cultural senstitvities. It is often aspoused that we do not have a cultural identity, well i would challenge that. It is our identity that we allow people the freedom to choose what they do, free from fear and intimidation and schools should be standing up and challenging cultural practices which are abhorrent.
This is a subject which seems to be taboo amongst local authorities and local communities but as labour MP Martin Salter has commented (he was on a committee who launched the poster) “there has been a culture of silence for too long”.
Headmasters all around this country should put up these posters and stand up for the individual human rights of their pupils rather than using PC politics as a smokescreen.