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    Whether you are facing a forced marriage, are already in one, or are trying to help a friend – you are not alone. There is help.

About Us

Who We Are


The FMP  is an awareness and education initiative, started through Agincourt Community Services Association and funded by Status of Women Canada. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of women, girls, men and boys in Canada are affected by forced marriage; however it is an issue that has not as yet been adequately addressed in Canada. As such, we approach the issue of forced marriage from an anti-oppressive, anti-racist position, viewing it primarily as a form of violence against women, which is sometimes used to control men and boys as well, and we seek to address it along with other forms of violence and domestic abuse.

Creating Circles of Support

Human beings by themselves can be very fragile. But when they join together in a protective Circle of Support they can be amazingly strong. In a Circle of Support, all members vow to use their strength, knowledge, love and resources to support and protect each other, and to support and protect any person or group that needs their help. You can create a Circle of Support with your friends, your classmates, or by doing a call out on social media sites or at a workshop or conference on forced marriage.

A Circle of Support requires all members to take a vow

A vow to end forced marriage and all violence, abuse, exploitation and bullying. Each member of the Circle also takes a…

Even if no one in your own Circle of Support is at risk of forced marriage

You will need to understand the issue and vow to protect anyone who faces a forced marriage.  Someone who is…

When a member of your Circle of Support

When a member of your Circle of Support, or anyone you come across, is at risk of forced marriage or…


The FMP would like to thank the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) for their diligent work on the issue of forced marriage and for their generosity in allowing the use of their materials and website content. We would also like to thank the members of the Advisory Committee on Forced Marriage (ACFM) and the Network of Agencies Against Forced Marriage (NAAFM) for contributing their valuable feedback, which was vital to the development and creation of this website.

Together We Can End Forced Marriage.


Latest Posts


Forced marriage has been practiced in most patriarchal societies at one time or another. It was practiced across Europe during the medieval period and continued to be practiced there well…

The “I Do!” Youth Initiative

“I do!” was an offshoot of a project at Agincourt Community Services called the Forced Marriage Project (FMP). It started in early 2012 to reach out to young women and involve them in a discussion about personal choice and issues such as dating relationship abuse, family violence and forced marriages in Canada. This project ends in 2013.

Graphic Art Workshop Facilitator – Tara Farahani

Tara leads the Empowering Young Women program at North West Scarborough Youth Centre. She has also taught young women to design projects such as t-shirts and tote bags. Tara always hopes to combine her two passions i.e., art and helping others to make her mark for a better tomorrow. Currently, she is studying Social Work…

Spoken Word Workshop Facilitator – Sheniz Janmohamed

A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at University of Guelph, Sheniz has been mentored by some of Canada’s most beloved authors, including Dionne Brand and Thomas King. She has performed spoken word at countless events in and around Toronto. She works with Mariposa-in-the-Schools, an initiative that brings…

Spoken Word Workshop Facilitator – Whitney French

A writer of poetry and short fiction, Whitney has contributed to several magazines as both writer and editor. She is also engaged in literacy activism as she facilitates creative writing and spoken word art workshops for children, young offenders, teenage mothers and adults with mental disorders across Toronto. Her first…