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Forced Marriage and Climate Change

Environment Themed Detail from mural created by survivors of modern slavery, reproduced courtesy of the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham

What’s on offer?

A 60-90 minute pre-recorded panel discussion (available to watch when convenient before the Q&A), and then 45-minutes of live Q&A (online) with the panellists.

What’s it about?

Timing update: this event will now start at 12.30pm and not 1pm as previously advertised.

Join our three expert panellists for a Q&A following a pre-recorded panel discussion on the connections between forced marriage and climate change. Research, particularly focusing on South Asia and East Africa, shows interesting links between different types of extreme weather events (e.g. floods, landslides and droughts) and increasing rates of forced marriage. As climate change makes these extreme weather events more frequent, and more severe, this link puts in further jeopardy the global community’s goal of ending forced marriage by 2030. Better understanding of the links, however, could contribute to better, more sustainable efforts and interventions aimed at ending forced marriage, and at better disaster-relief efforts which take into account the potential link to forced marriage. Some research also shows that forced marriages are less likely as a response to extreme weather – the reasons for this are also vital to understand as we look to end forced marriage by 2030, and to combat climate change and its effects.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Helen McCabe leads the work on forced marriage at the Rights Lab, a University of Nottingham Beacon of Research Excellence. Dr Jess Sparks leads the Eco-Systems and Environment Programme at the Rights Lab. Dr Bethany Jackson is leading research in anti-slavery social-ecological systems modelling within the Eco-Systems and Environment Programme. They are currently working together on a Templeton World Charity Foundation funded grant looking at the impact of natural hazards on human trafficking in The Bahamas.

Open to

This event is open to anyone who is interested. But please note that the subject of the talk (forced marriage) might not be suitable for some younger people. 

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