The SHARAN Project, established in 2008, is a UK based charity which seeks to provide support, advice and create a forum for vulnerable women, particularly of South Asian origin, who have left home forcefully or voluntarily.  The project has received Comic Relief funding to deliver a forced marriage prevention and awareness campaign throughout England. The campaign is based on the multi award winning short film ‘Our Girl’, from which it has subsequently taken its name. The Our Girl Campaign aims to provide visibility and support at local, regional and national levels to ultimately play a part in:

  • Reducing the number of people affected and most ‘at risk’ of forced marriage (FM).
  • Increasing the number of people accessing support and reporting FM.
  • Reducing the numbers of victims being taken abroad to be forced into a marriage.
  • Establishing greater awareness by communities and frontline professionals.
  • While the SHARAN Project will lead on a nationwide campaign focusing on universities and colleges with the support of statutory partners, funding is also available to support a further five regional campaigns.

Registered charities with a proven track record and that have established strong local links with communities, schools, youth networks and frontline professionals in high prevalence areas are invited to tender for up to £10,000.

Applications from the following regions are particularly sought:

London; West Midlands; South East; Yorkshire and Humberside; North West.

The long-term aspirations of the campaign are the development of a community led movement beyond the term of the project and the development of a collaborative and unified approach to tackling forced marriage in the UK.

The deadline for applications is 21 April 2016.

Further information is available on the SHARAN Project’s website, with tender packs available on request from Polly Harrar at info@sharan.org.uk