Daughters of Shame
'I listen to those stories -- told by women who have been drugged, beaten, imprisoned, raped and terrorised within the walls of the homes they grew up in. I listen and I am humbled by their resilience.' Jasvinder Sanghera knows what it means to flee from your family under threat of forced marriage -- and to face the terrible consequences that follow. As a young girl that was just what she had to do. Jasvinder is now at the frontline of the battle to save women from the honour-based violence and threat of forced marriage that destroyed her own youth. Daughters of Shame reveals the stories of young women such as Fozia, aged only fifteen when her family tried to force her into marriage; Shazia, kidnapped and taken to Pakistan to marry a man she had never met; and Banaz, murdered by her own family after escaping an abusive marriage. Daughters of Shame reveals Jasvinder as a woman heedless of her own personal safety as she fights to help these women, regularly facing death threats and having to weigh up the risk to her own children. By turns frightening, enthralling and uplifting, Jasvinder's unique story gives us a challenging insight into a world where the suffering and abuse of many is challenged by the courage of the few.
Acclaim for SHAME: 'She tells her story with the pace and vivid turn of phrase of a true writer ... SHAME is an inspiring book, not least because of its honesty.' -- The Sunday Times 'A vivid, honest and deeply moving narrative of despair, courage and hope.' -- Lord Lester speaking in Parliamentary debate 'The glossy cover doesn't prepare you for the impact this book has on its reader ... It gives me hope that there are people like the author of this book who are willing to write their experiences with such passion and clarity. A must-read.' -- Asians in Media 'Unbeaten and eloquent' -- Evening Standard 'It will open your eyes to the horrors that are real for some women' -- Sydney Daily Telegraph 'A success story to inspire anyone ... recounted deftly and without apology.' -- Time Magazine 'Heart-wrenching' -- Daily Mail
Jasvinder Sanghera is the co-founder of Karma Nirvana, a community based project that supports South Asian women affected by domestic violence and honour-based crimes. She was born and brought up in Derby, UK. Her memoir SHAME was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller and in 2007 she received one of the prestigious Women of the Year awards for her work. In 2008, in recognition of her work in raising public awareness of the issues of forced marriage and honour based violence, Jasvinder was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby.