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

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 story of her struggle against their punitive code of ‘honour’ was an immediate bestseller. 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. Prime Minister David Cameron stated that her work ‘turned my head on the issue of forced marriage’ is recognised as being pivotal to the creation of a specific UK forced marriage criminal offence in 2014.