Jasvinder Sanghera CBE is a British born survivor of a forced marriage and founder of Karma Nirvana – an award-winning national Charity that hosts the UK national dedicated Helpline supporting all victims and professionals seeking support in cases of forced marriages and honour abuse.
Author of the best-selling book ‘Shame’, Jasvinder tells her story of terrible oppression, and harrowing struggle against a punitive code of honour – and final triumph over adversity. Further books ‘Daughters of Shame’ and ‘Shame Travels’ have been cited as helping shift attitudes, shape policy and practice in the UK.
Jasvinder Sanghera is celebrated as an outstanding inspirational speaker that moves a complex subject into one which is clearly understood, speaking with great conviction about her personal story and passionately about the realities of the issues.
Jasvinder is regarded as a leading national & international expert and tirelessly champions work across various sectors including Government departments and Inquires.
An Expert Advisor to the Courts and Independent Reviews providing expert evidence and cultural risk assessments, reports and acting Chair for Domestic Homicide Reviews. Jasvinder’s evidence has been tested in the Court of Appeal case of B-M Children 2009 and Lord Justice Wall cited extensively from this evidence stating it to be ‘impressive, compelling and how she speaks from the professional experience of being involved in numerous cases.
The Prime minister has, on number occasions, quoted Jasvinder stating how ‘she turned his head on the issues’ and subsequently created a criminal offence of forced marriage 2014.
Jasvinder has received numerous awards including a CBE in recognition for her outstanding contribution to victims of forced marriages and honour based abuse, Woman of the Year, Pride of Britain and awarded one of The World’s top 100 Inspirational Individuals in the Guardian list.
In 2009 Jasvinder was awarded Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby in recognition for having achieved eminence in the field of forced marriages and honour related abuse and brought the issues to the fore within the wider community and shaped the national agenda.