THE FOUNDER of a charity has enlisted the help of an artist to educate people about honour abuse and sexual consent.

Arifa Nasim, 19, founder of Educate2Eradicate, organised the ‘Honour and Consent’ event at Walthamstow Town Hall.

Miss Nasim’s charity aims to tackle issues such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation though educating teachers and students.

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The artworks featured images of stag horns and women's feet bound.

The art exhibition, which was unveiled at the event on Friday, March 24, was curated by artist Eliyah Qureshi.

Miss Qureshi’s collection of artworks, entitled ‘Let's Make Her Birth an Honour, Not Her Death’, featured stag horns and women’s feet being bound. She said: “I created these art pieces to help Educate2Eradicate teach people about honour abuse through art instead of words. I use the stag as a symbol of power and patriarchy in my work.”

The event also featured a discussion by blogger and author Emmeline May about her animation ‘Consent and Tea’.

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Ms Nasim, second from left, with the panel of speakers.

Ms Nasim, of Marlowe Road in Walthamstow, founded Educate2Eradicate when she was a 16-year-old student.

She said: “If somebody is unconscious you wouldn’t force them to drink tea then why are things so different when it comes to sex?

“We wanted to raise awareness about abuse through art. In school we are trying to educate teachers and about prevention and about the protection of future victims.

“I think art has this amazing ability to connect people and to break down barriers. You don’t need to speak the same language or be from the same country. A picture speaks a thousand words and it will get people thinking.

“I wanted a variety of different opinions and different perspectives on the panel because I wanted them to bring something different to the table. It’s important to involve me men as well.”

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Abda Khan speaking at the event.

Harry Phinda, co-founder of Youth for Change, Abda Khan, author shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2017 and Cllr Grace Williams, cabinet member for children and young people also spoke at the event.