Jasvinder Sanghera CBE
Author & advocate for women's rights in the UK
Agent(s): Mark Lucas

Born in Derby, Jasvinder’s extraordinary odyssey began at the age of 14, when she was shown a photograph of the man chosen to be her husband.  She ran away from home and her parents disowned her. Shame, the harrowing but electrifying story of her struggle against their punitive code of ‘honour’, and her determination to keep alive the dreams that she and her much loved sister (who died by suicide) yearned to realise, was an immediate bestseller.  It, and her subsequent books, have shone a spotlight on one of the burning issues of our age.

She is the founder of Karma Nirvana, a national award winning charity that supports both men and women affected by honour based abuse and forced marriages. She is a highly acclaimed international speaker and an expert advisor to the courts in matters of child, civil and criminal proceedings, is a chair of domestic homicide reviews and was instrumental in ensuring that all UK police forces are required to improve their understanding of honour based abuse and forced marriage by inspections conducted by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. Her work is recognised as being pivotal to the creation of a specific UK forced marriage criminal offence in 2014.

She has received numerous awards including the prestigious Woman of the Year 2007. She was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby in 2008. She was awarded The Pride of Britain Award in 2009 and was named Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman of the Year in 2010. In 2011 she was listed in the Guardian’s top 100 Most Inspirational Women in the World and in 2012 received the Global Punjabi Award. She was awarded Commander of the British Empire in 2013 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse.

In 2018 she was awarded Honorary Doctor of Law by De Montfort University, Leicester and Woman of the Year by Leeds City Council and in 2019 she was awarded the Robert Burns Humanitarian of the Year Award and also the Sikh Woman of Substance Award

She is currently the Independent Safeguarding Chair for Leeds Children’s Safeguarding Board and a Panel Member for National Safeguarding Panel for Church of England