Directors Mabrur Ahmed and Rahima Begum travel to the Osh region in Southern Kyrgyzstan on Saturday 28th May 2016 to initiate project development for Restless Beings' Bride Kidnapping project - Ala Kachuu.

There they will meet with local partner organisations such as NGO's, Women's Associations as well as professionals from educational, legal and political backgrounds. The main aim of the visit is to establish lasting relationships with caseworkers and local professionals to work on Bride Kidnapping alleviation on three key fronts:

  1. Providing Immediate Support for Victims - working with local organisations and community foundations to provide a backbone of support infrastructure to assist victims with trauma, psychological scarring and a safe haven from whence they can rebuild their lives
  2. Providing Ongoing Support for Victims - mediation with families and communities to enable a victim to reintegrate with society without the fallback of any pressures and stigmas. Alongside providing legal support where necessary for victims.
  3. Educational Outreach Programme - alongside education professionals and institutions to provide innovative and engaging programmes to lead youth away from the maladies associated with Ala Kachuu (non-consensual bride kidnapping)

On Monday 30th May 2016, Restless Beings will host a conference of leading figures under the title Ala Kachuu Forum: Best Practices and Evolving Victim. This will be a first for the Osh region bringing in professionals and experts from rural areas where bride kidnapping is known to be most severe. The conference will aim to instigate more collaborative work as well as kick-starting a set of new partnerships with organisations and partners which will allow Restless Beings to have a presence and hopefully an ability to encourage change in a region which is known to have more reported cases of Ala Kachuu than elsewhere in the country.

Non Consensual Ala Kachuu accounts for approximately one-third of all marriages in Kyrgyzstan. Often a female is abducted from her locality by a group of men who will then coerce her into a marital home. From there she will be under immense pressure to accept a marriage knowing that rejecting this will inevitably lead to societal shame not just for the victim but crucially for her family also. Until very recently, the punishment for abducting livestock was more severe than for bride kidnapping.

We desperately require your support to help us tackle this issue and our project costs are currently circa £700 per month. We urge you to help us in any way you can - thank you!

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