Catwalk for a Cause

Kyrgyzstan outlawed “bride kidnappings”—women abducted and forced to marry—in 2013. The UNDP still estimates some 14% of women under 24 are captured and coerced annually, sometimes by their own female family members who may later shame them into staying in abusive situations.
But while some maintain that bride kidnappings are a cultural tradition, public opinion is shifting, aided by efforts that include charity bike rides and art installations. Fashion designer Zamira Moldosheva, for example, launched a show featuring only models—dressed in historical Kyrgyz garb—who had survived abuse or kidnapping.
“Bride kidnapping is not our tradition—it should be stopped,” Moldosheva says.
Thomson Reuters Foundation News

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