At its meeting on Thursday evening, the group decided that the profits from the stall which will take place in the market square in Salisbury tomorrow – Saturday – will go to this month’s Amnesty Urgent Action. In the event we took £234 so over £460 will go the the African state. Thanks to all those who helped on the stall and who bought things from us.
This action concerns the treatment of women in Burkina Faso and in neighbouring Sierra Leone. They are subject to forced marriages often to men who are up to 50 years older than them. Some can be married as young as 10. They have no choice over these marriages nor when nor whether to get pregnant. Some have babies at such a young age that their lives can be threatened or they experience lasting medical complications including incontinence. Female Genital Mutilation is also common.
The Department for International Development DfID has agreed to match any funds raised by Amnesty for a programme of education in those countries.
So all funds will go to this cause (less the fee we have to pay Salisbury City Council for the pitch)
You can read further details if you wish
UPDATE: 23 June
Report sent to the Salisbury Journal and was published 23 June can be read here:
The funds raised by the Salisbury group of Amnesty International at their stall last Saturday are to be sent to Burkina Faso in Africa as part of a programme to help girls and women in those countries.The group managed to raise over £234 and this will be doubled by the Department for International Development to make £468. In Burkina Faso, whether you are a girl or a woman, you are prevented from making crucial decisions about marriage and whether or when to get pregnant. Some girls as young as 10 are married and their partners can be as much as fifty years their senior. Physical and sexual violence against women and girls is common and a particular concern is the large number of pregnancy complications and death among girls who bodies are not yet ready to bear children.Amnesty in Burkina Faso is working with 5 of the shelters which house girls who have been subject to early forced marriage or female genital mutilation.Andrew Hemming, the chair of the local group said “we are delighted to have contributed to this scheme and for the funds to go to such a good purpose. The doubling of the monies raised by DfID makes it extremely worthwhile.” Further details can be found on the group website