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Amerah

Amerah

Name: Amerah Saleh
Age: 21
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Birmingham
Campaign: To help end child marriage

In films, weddings are always such a pretty thing.


But for child brides, the reality can be very different.


Young girls forced into marriage often don’t understand the implications. They can feel a part of the celebrations, but what comes next is unexpected.


In the developing world, 1 in 3 girls are married by their 18th birthday, but I want to make others aware that young girls become child brides here too.


British girls can be taken out of school by their families and forced to travel abroad to be married.


It also happens within communities in the UK that we don’t always hear about. They’re smaller communities that are very hard to get into.


With Fixers, my team and I are planning to put on a street performance to raise awareness of child brides.


I hope that this will get people talking about the issue so we can all work together to end child marriage.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:

 

Simrah Kahn Anchal Ahmed
Namiwa Jazz Yulia Spirina
Amy Ward Lewis Flinders
Luci Hammans Jasmine Gardosi
Afrah Yafai Joe Cook
Aliyah Denton Sipho Dube
Lauren Hutchinson Rose Makamdem-Magaia
Nafeesa Hamid Alexandra Robinson-Sutherland

Youth Social Action Fund

My Fixers project has been supported by the Cabinet Office’s Youth Social Action Fund.

As part of the Cabinet Office initiative ‘Step Up to Serve’, which is spearheaded by HRH The Prince of Wales, Fixers is working in partnership with the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) to offer the Fixer experience specifically to young people in Birmingham and parts of Kent.

 

Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO)
Diana Nammi, the Founder and Executive Director of IKWRO, has supported my Fixers project. She agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast piece.

 

Emily Eve Bridal
Thank you to the bridal shop in Birmingham for allowing the Fixers crew to film scenes for my broadcast story.

December 2014
With Fixers, I’ve helped create a flyer to be handed out at our street performance. It explains what we’re doing and provides information about child marriage. You can enlarge the pages of the flyer by clicking on the images below.
 

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