Bright Choices raises awareness of honour-based violence at Edinburgh Airport

Bright Choices raises awareness of honour-based violence at Edinburgh Airport

Written by
Alan Mairs
Bright Choices teamed up with UK Border Force and Edinburgh Airport this week

Bright Choices teamed up with UK Border Force and Edinburgh Airport this week to raise awareness of honour-based violence and help airport staff to recognise and engage with passengers who may be at risk.

This initiative is one of many awareness-raising activities undertaken by Bright Choices and is of particular benefit in highlighting the dangers and distress associated with female genital mutilation and forced marriage. The service will provide advice and guidance to airport and Border Force staff on ways to engage with individuals and families traveling to FGM practicing countries and advise them on the risks of honour-based violence (HBV) and how to keep their children safe while traveling abroad.

Established in 2015 with funding from the Big Lottery, Bright Choices provides free and confidential support to anyone experiencing difficult relationships because of pressure to conform to a particular culture or tradition. The partnership between Sacro, the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council and the Multi-Cultural Family Base was created to offer a unique, holistic support model to raise awareness of and tackle issues around HBV.

Bright Choices supports people directly by providing emotional and practical assistance to individuals and families throughout Edinburgh. The service has also trained hundreds of professionals to understand, recognise and respond to the issues surrounding HBV.

This exercise is the first of its kind to be carried out in Scotland and Bright Choices looks forward to further opportunities to work with partners in public protection.

Border Force officers Elaine Inglis and Kulwinder Bains with Angela Voulgari of Bright Choices

Border Force officers Elaine Inglis and Kulwinder Bains with Angela Voulgari of Bright Choices