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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:42 pm
by Iraqia
What resources are there to help exmuslim females free themselves from their families and avoid forced marriages?

How do I delete threads?

Re: Ex-Muslima as Miss Universe

PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:00 pm
by manfred

there are several quite different issues here. If she lives in an abusive situation in the UK, she should act without delay. She needs to get away from that. If she does not have a suitable friend to move in with, she should go to a women's shelter. We have these in every major city. The first step is to ring this number to get practical advice.

0808 2000 247

It's NOT the police, the social services or any government organisation. It is a charitable trust run by women, from a range of professions, and many have had an experience of abuse.

It's open 24 hours, and it;s a local call from anywhere in the UK.

This is the top priority. Once she has addressed this problem, she will get help being independent. Psychological support is also offered. Then she is in a position to decide what is best about the offer to be a model or in a pageant.

In her shoes, I would deal with the important things first: how to stop the abuse, how to be her own person.

The rest follows naturally.

Re: Ex-Muslima as Miss Universe

PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:46 am
by Iraqia
Thank you so much Manfred, you've been a great help. But I have found that getting a job and establishing independence through acquiring money is the only thing that will stop the abuse. But she may try the shelter thing- I just hope it doesn't make it more difficult for her to finish university.

Re: Ex-Muslima as Miss Universe

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:01 pm
by Ibn Rushd
Job-finding is harsh right now. It's terrible in Canada, don't know about UK. The Council of Ex-muslims still maintains some of their old hatreds, so maybe use them as a starting point. I don't know how much power they have.

Re: Ex-Muslima as Miss Universe

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:30 pm
by Iraqia
Old hatreds? And I know these groups don't have much power I just want her to know a lot of people and through connections you can gain independence. It was easy for me to run away and find a good job what was hard was to stay away because strangers and creepers try to take advantage of a girl they see on her own most of the time. I don't want that to happen to her or anyone. Even if someone does bother her she'll feel more secure knowing she has people to talk to that aren't her abusive religious family.