Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is Social Affairs Editor for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday. She was previously a news reporter for The Independent on Sunday. Her investigations into human trafficking have twice been awarded Best Investigative Article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards and her human rights journalism was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial prize at the 2012 Amnesty Media Awards. Her first book, 'Finding Home: Real Stories of Migrant Britain', was published by Icon Books in July 2015.

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A study of 1,800 new parents shows many fathers soon adopt more stereotypical views on motherhood, as well as the division of housework and care-giving

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Barristers at a protest in 2014

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Independent Reporter/Social Affairs Editor, Emily Dugan visits the Karma Nirvana forced marriage call centre in Leeds West Yorkshire

Karma Nirvana: Spending a day at the helpline advising terrified girls being pushed into forced marriages

'If it was a British white woman it was happening to, they wouldn’t bother with the word ‘culture’ - they would just say ‘abuse’'

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Forced marriage happens when one or both people do not consent. July is typically a busy month as families seize the opportunity to take their daughters (and sons) abroad to get married

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Karma Nirvana dealt with more than 8,268 calls for help regarding arranged marriage in Britain last year

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The charity Karma Nirvana dealt with more than 8,268 calls for help last year

Malika, who escaped sexual abuse from her brother-in-law and a forced marriage to his younger brother, on July 14, 2015 Malika, who escaped sexual abuse from her brother-in-law and a forced marriage to his younger brother, on July 14, 2015

Forced marriage: One British woman's story shows how much it matters to step up the fight

One sentence reveals the shocking abuse - Malika was told: 'I just want to test you for my brother and see if you're good enough'

Many Muslim schoolgirls will be forced into a non-consensual wedding

Forced marriage: How hundreds of terrified British victims of the tradition are being failed every year by the services they need most

Exclusive: In a year there has been just one prosecution for the practice

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