“Seeing Saman’s end made me feel bad, I thought I might be in his place. That’s why I agreed to tell what happened to me. I do it for the others. Because they need to know that there is an alternative “
Fatima, Yasmine, Zoya, Khadija And X are five girls who have decided to rebel against forced marriages. To be free they gave up everything: they fled far from home, they broke all relations with their family, they were forced to change their identity. In Free. Our NO to forced marriageswritten by Martina Castigliani and published by PaperFirst, they tell each other exclusively, despite the risks: the refusal was never accepted and they are still in danger today. If they have decided to expose themselves it is “for all the others”, forced to suffer violence. A choral book and an investigation into a phenomenon that affects hundreds of invisible people. In Italy, forced marriages are spoken of if a girl is killed: Saman Abbas is just the latest case exploited by politics and talk shows. This story gives a voice to those who fight to change things: director Wajahat Abbas Kazmi, city councilor Marwa Mahmoudthe Italian teacher Tashina Us Jahan; Tiziana Dal Prafounder of the non-profit organization Terre plot and the first to break the silence; Alessandra Davide, anti-violence educator and worker. Of the strength of the No – da Franca Viola onwards – speak Angela Maria Bottari, who as a deputy fought against the shotgun marriage. The afterword of Cinzia Monteverdi recalls the commitment of the Il Fatto Quotidiano Foundation for women survivors of violence.
FREE. OUR NO TO FORCED MARRIAGES
by Martina Castigliani. Illustrations by Elisabetta Ferrari. Afterword by Cinzia Monteverdi (PaperFirst edition)
The book is available in all bookstores from 4 November at the price of € 17.00, the proceeds from copyright will be donated to Onlus Trama di Terre (BUY HERE)CopyAMP code.