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Shakti Youth: Future Without Violence March

June 08, 2018 at 11:25 AM

From Shakti Youth


Shakti Youth is holding a peaceful youth march against rape culture and forced marriage on the 9th of June at 1pm. The march will begin at Britomart and end at the grass area opposite Aotea Square where there will be inspirational speeches and performances from youth in our communities.

While the #MeToo movement has sparked some much-needed conversations around consent and rape culture, it has failed to address the issues faced by migrant and refugee youth. There are multiple barriers for migrant and refugee youth to disclosing their experiences, such as isolation, language barriers, honour-based violence and cultural stigma. 

Young people are at the highest risk of sexual assault out of any other age group. An estimated 1 in 3 girls will experience sexual abuse before the age of 16 years old, and the 16-24 age group are statistically four times more likely to experience sexual assault than any other age group. On top of this, some migrant and refugee background youth are faced with forced marriage, fetishisation and excessive family control/pressures.  

This is an international movement. We want to extend our solidarity to Sudanese teenager Noura Hussein who is facing execution for defending herself against rape. Noura was forced by her family to marry an older man when she was just 16 years old. Her husband raped her after the marriage with the help of his male relatives. The second time he tried, she stabbed him. Right now, she is facing a death sentence for killing her husband while he tried to rape her. This is just one example of the injustices faced by survivors of forced marriage. 

Despite what some people may believe, forced marriage can and does happen in Aotearoa too. Migrant and refugee youth want people to know that just because you can't see it, it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

Future Without Violence: Youth March Against Rape Culture and Forced Marriage aims to show that youth have a voice, to bring to light the issues around consent faced by migrant and refugee background youth and raise awareness that this is a global issue.

SYNC would like to present the set of demands below to end rape culture and forced marriage.

1. For consent education to be taught earlier, be culturally sensitive and to include education on consent between friends and family. 

2. Improved training on consent for counsellors, teachers and anyone working with youth.

3. Increase resourcing of organisations that support sexual violence survivors. 

Come along and invite your friends and family! Young people will be leading this march but adults are encourage to come along to show support! 

Let’s march together for a Future Without Violence!

Where: The march will begin at Britomart and end at the grass area opposite Aotea square.
When: 9th June,1:00pm - 3:00pm

#JusticeForNoura #YouthMarch2018 #EndRapeCulture#EndForcedMarriage

Check out our video of last years youth march here:

Sign the Pledge Against Forced Marriage here:

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