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    Why focus on forced and servile marriage?

    The passage on 27 February 2013 of the Federal Government’s Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2012 marks the culmination of a substantial process of community engagement and legislative development over recent years.

    As part of the preceding consultative process, Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth & Family Services prepared a submission on behalf of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand.  Click here to download the GSANZ Response to Exposure Draft Crimes Legislation Amendment 120112

    The research required to prepare this submission highlighted the potential for serious human rights violations of concern to Australia, where a person may be forced into marriage or treated as property and delivered into a servile marriage.   There is a significant lack of information available about how, and how much, these issues impact Australia and Australians.

    Noting that there are less than 200 countries in the membership of the United Nations, research to date shows that there is a non-trivial issue in approaching 150 countries around the world (both developing and developed, and without regard to cultural, religious, ethnic and national boundaries).

    As documented by the United Nations and others, forced marriage can lead to a lifetime of harm and ongoing violation of human rights.

    Early or child marriage, that of a person under 18 years of age, is taken as forced marriage in recognition of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child making 18 an almost universally agreed age at which a child becomes an adult under the law.  At law, a child lacks the capacity to consent to marriage, thus making child marriage also forced marriage.

    In the mission of Rosemount Good Shepherd, this is of particular concern, and accordingly, in addition to our research collaboration with Anti-Slavery Australia, Rosemount is partnering with other organisations (such as the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre at the University of New South Wales) to better understand and respond to forced child marriage.

    Our research collaboration

    Growing out of the report Hidden Exploitation: Women in forced labour, marriage and migration (released in April 2012 – read the executive summary here), the Good Shepherd Network and Anti-Slavery Australia at the University of Technology, Sydney are collaborating to research forced and servile marriage in Australia.

    A key outcome of this evidence review was confirmation of the dearth of information available about how and how much forced and/or servile marriage impact Australia and Australians.

    An initial community forum was held in Sydney in September 2012 as part of our ongoing research collaboration, and follow on advocacy and education is being supported through a newsletter-style update on forced and servile marriage in Australia (see below).

    Please contact the project team if you would like to suggest a topic to be covered in the update.

     

    Forced and Servile Marriage Casebook: Beyond the Stereotypes

    This case book was developed as part of the Forced & Servile Marriage Research Project at Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services in Sydney, Australia. The primary work was completed by the Research Project Officer and assisted by collegiate inputs from the counselling team and others at Rosemount Good Shepherd, as well as the collaboration with Anti-Slavery Australia, the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre and the Australian Red Cross Support for Trafficked People Program.

    Forced & Servile Marriage Casebook – April 2014

    Enquiries about the case book can be directed to Rosemount Good Shepherd by email at reception@rosemountgs.org.au

     

    Update archive

    You can subscribe to our update here to receive future editions and read about both our research and other developments in relation to forced and servile marriage in Australia.

    Please feel free to access and share past editions of the update:

    2014

    FSM February 2014 small

    Update on Forced & Servile Marriage in Australia
    February 2014

    FSM January 2014 medium

    Update on Forced & Servile Marriage in Australia
    January 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2013

    FSM May 2013 medium

    Update on Forced & Servile Marriage in Australia
    May 2013

    BREAKING NEWS on Forced & Servile Marriage in Australia February 2013

    BREAKING NEWS on Forced & Servile Marriage in Australia
    27 February 2013

    Update on Forced & Servile Marriage in Australia February 2013

    Update on Forced & Servile Marriage in Australia
    February 2013

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2012

    FSM December 2012

    Update on Forced & Servile Marriage in Australia
    December 2012

    Update on Forced & Servile Marriage in AustraliaNovember 2012

    Update on Forced & Servile Marriage in Australia
    November 2012

    Inaugural Update on Forced & Servile Marriage in AustraliaSeptember 2012

    Inaugural Update on Forced & Servile Marriage in Australia
    September 2012

     

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