Forced marriage 'is violence against women'

THE spotlight was on forced marriage and human trafficking during Fairfield's Immigrant and Refugee Women's Network annual symposium yesterday to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Addressing the event, Minister for Women Pru Goward said forced marriage and human trafficking were a form of violence against women.

"They are serious forms of violence faced by communities in NSW particularly for women in immigrant and refugee communities," she said.

"These types of violence are often considered to be an international problem — not something that happens in Australia. Sadly, that is not the case."

Manager Dr Eman Sharobeem said the NSW inquiry led by the Community Relations Commission into forced marriage and human trafficking had yet to be finalised.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that began on November 25.

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