Jasvinder Sanghera

Jasvinder, a survivor of a forced marriage, is an author and the Founder and Chief Executive of Karma Nirvana, a UK-based nationwide helpline supporting all those impacted by forced marriages and honor-based violence.

She is also the author of the two bestselling books Shame and Daughters of Shame, as well as the recently-published Shame Travels.

Jasvinder has used the authority of her life experience to inform legislative change in the UK and has been credited for her role in bringing about the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act of 2007.

Among her many accolades and awards, Jasvinder has been recognized as an Ambassador for Peace by the Women’s Federation of Peace and was awarded the Pride of Britain award in 2009. She has also recently been made an ambassador for Plan UK’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign working to bring the world’s poorest girls from a life of poverty to one of opportunity.

Jasvinder is an established contributor to various international media networks such as the BBC, CNN, Newsweek documentaries, and various radio and newspaper articles.


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