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Tahirih’s Forced Marriage Initiative and Pomegranate Tree Group released a new video this week that tells the story behind “Honoring Our Heartbeats: A Tour to End Forced Marriage.”

The national tour, which kicks off Sept. 22 in New York City, is inspired by the comic book “Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project.”

Six, young South Asian women who are members of the Pomegranate Tree Group created the comic book to add their voices to the mainstream dialogue about violence, culture, and honor and to celebrate the courage and strength with which they have loved and survived. Using art from the book and the words of the authors, the video illuminates these themes and others in “Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project.”

The book inspired Tahirih to embark on a six-city book tour in partnership with Pomegranate Tree Group, a not-for-profit organization that is committed to healing justice, to raise awareness of forced marriage and its impact on individuals in the United States. In addition to New York City, the tour will make stops in Houston, San Francisco, New Brunswick, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

Visit www.tahirih.org/heartbeats to learn more about the tour and RSVP for tour events, which include a multimedia performance and community forum, a training workshop for service providers, and an issue briefing.

Many thanks to RED Interactive for making the Heartbeats video come to life!

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