Elaf Ali's book about honour repression: ”This book would have given me hope when I was young”
The title of the book is 'Who said anything about love? Breaking away from honour repression'.
– This is the book I wish I'd been able to read when I was growing up. If I'd read it when I was 15 and my father was at his worst, I would have felt some hope that one dayb it would come to an end.
When she had her first period, everything changed.The control increased. No swimming lessons, no school excursions, no spending the night at a friend's. And absolutely no contact whatsoever with a boy. Now her parents shifted their focus to her future – she was to be a wife and mother.
”Even though I was subjected to racism, I love Fjälkinge”Elaf Ali
Elaf could not understand why her brothers and Swedish friends had different opportunities and rights. Why should she be married off - she wanted to find love for herself.
– Even though I was subjected to racism, I love Fjälkinge. There weren't so many other Elafs there, so I compared my life to that of my friends. So I have my years in Fjälkinge to thank for who I am.
She hopes the book can help other young girls who are victims of honour repression, and be a help for people who encounter different forms of honour repression in a professional capacity.
– This is still a big problem in the community in Sweden, reports show that hundreds of thousands of girls are victims.
Book Festival – Elaf Ali one of the authors
3rd–4th September. Skåne's biggest book festival, has been held since 1999.
This year with the theme ”For better or worse”. With an audience at Kulturkvarteret and digital on other occasions.
There will also be live streamed discussions about books with several authors. Also various forms of entertainment between talks, and poetry from a special podium.
Short story competition and workshop for young people. Read more at Kristianstad Bokfestival
”A lot of people associate honour norms with religion, but that is not true”Elaf Ali
How can your book make a difference?
_ We must begin to talk about it, all the time. A lot of people associate honour norms with religion, but that is not true, we had honour norms long before we had today's religion. My parents, for example, were not religious.