On the occasion of the International Day against Violence against Women, the organization Terre des Femmes refers to the study "Forced Marriage in Germany", which it has compiled in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). It shows that in 2008, more than three thousand young women were threatened and affected by forced marriage. More than 70 percent of those affected were under 21 years of age. According to Terre des Femmes, every year around ten million girls around the world are given birth before they turn 18. Married for the rest of her life. Forced marriage often involves being trafficked abroad.
In this context, the Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Social Affairs, Kristina Schroder (CDU) refers to the "estimated number of unreachable intimidated people", which is so high that "no one can reliably estimate it". There is also an "alarming connection" between the experience of violence within one's own family and forced marriage, Schroder said. A nationwide help line, to be established by the end of 2012, aims to remedy this situation.
According to the Federal Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Maria Bohmer (CDU), in 44 percent of women threatened by forced marriage, the family comes from Turkey, followed by Serbia, Iraq and Afghanistan. "We will not leave the girls and young women who have grown up and gone to school in Germany alone," said Minister of State Bohmer. She also appeals to other countries: "At the same time, the countries of origin are called upon to do everything in their power to combat the serious human rights violation of forced marriage. She also points out that men and boys are also affected by forced marriage. However, the six percent of those covered by the study did not address the compulsion and do not see themselves as victims.