Sometimes, young women from migrant backgrounds are forced to marry against their will. As a penalty for refusing, the girls are threatened with being ousted from the family they love, being ostracized, or even being killed.
However, many issues remain to be discussed: What choice does the woman want to make? Will she lose her family home if she refuses marriage? What are her priorities, and what is the most important thing for her own self? agisra e.V. Cologne supports them:
Counselling concept: Joo-Schauen, Jae-Soon/Najafi, Behshid:
For the right to self-determination - against forced marriage. Approaches to counselling work. Published in: „Zwangsverheiratung in Deutschland“, Band 1 der Schriftenreihe des BMFSFJ. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2007, pp. 289-298, in pdf file.
In order to strengthen the self-determination of migrant women, improvement of their legal position is a necessary prerequisite. Therefore agisra demands the following: