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. Having overcome terrible odds and rebuilt her life, she now works to help those in similar circumstances, often at great personal risk. In DAUGHTERS OF SHAME she reveals the previously hidden stories of some of these women, and tells of how she helped them to escape not just oppression but in some cases great danger. Following the publication of her own story in SHAME, Jasvinder has brought the issue of forced marriage into the public eye and helped the Forced Marriage bill to go through Parliament. In DAUGHTERS OF SHAME she tells the harrowing but ultimately hopeful stories of strong women facing - and triumphing over - the ultimate oppression.
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.