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Freedom Sunday – 19th October. Are you Ready?

Posted in October 14th, 2014
by ACRATH

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Freedom Sunday is a global day of worship, prayer and action on human trafficking.  On Sunday 19th October 2014 or Saturday 18th October (for those for whom Saturday is the Sabbath), churches all over the world will join together to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking and show the world our compassion for men, women and children who are trafficked and exploited emotionally, phsyically and sexually.

Download the Freedom Sunday toolkit which contains a selection of worship materials from different cultures and denominations to provide a rich resource for you to use. Resources include prayers, sermon thoughts and stories. Please use all of these resources as flexibly as you wish and select what will appropriately lead and inspire your church community.  Find out more…

UN Experts Stress Empowerment of Girls

Posted in October 12th, 2014
by ACRATH

Empowerment Vital to End Violence Against Women and Girls

U.N._LogoOn the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child a group of United Nations experts have stressed the importance of empowering adolescent girls to reach their potential is a key factor in eliminating violence against women and girls.  “Empowerment through skills and education of girls to prevent them being trapped in contemporary forms of slavery, child marriages and domestic servitude, among others, is critical to the advancement of their human rights.”  

The panel included:
Urmila Bhoola, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children
Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
Frances Raday, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice

Read more…

Child Advocates Win Nobel Peace Prize

Posted in October 11th, 2014
by ACRATH

Joint Winners – Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

MalalaPakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai was the other winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace prize. At 17 years old she is the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She has campaigned for the right to education for all children, especially girls since she was 11 years old.  As a result of her campaigning she was shot by the Taliban but this has not deterred her from speaking out.

Indian children’s right activist Kailash Satyarthi has been named as a joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.  Mr. Satyarthi, 60, a veteran, soft-spoken activist based in New Delhi has contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights, succeeded in freeing tens of thousands of child workers forced into bonded labour or slavery, promoted ethical employment practices among global companies and given those freed children new employment and educational options.

ACRATH congratulates the 2014 Nobel Peace Recipients.  Their courage and determination are an inspiration to all who work to promote the rights of children, especially those who are vulnerable and exploited.  Read more…

(Photo:  R. Raveendran/E.Wole / AFP)

International Day of the Girl Child 2014

Posted in October 11th, 2014
by ACRATH

Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence

Day of the girlIn 2011, a United Nations resolution established 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, a day designated for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.  The theme of this day for 2014 is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence. The 2011 UN Resolution stated, Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.”  (Photo credit: www.unicef.org)  

ACRATH believes that providing girls with an education empowers them giving them an opportunity to reach their potential and opening up opportunities for them.  With employment opportunities they become less vulnerable to human trafficking.

girl posterWrite to Supermarkets Now

You can help to reduce child slavery in the chocolate industry. Join with ACRATH and other organisations advocating for slavery-free Easter Eggs. Now is the time to write to supermarkets asking them to ensure they have adequate stocks of Easter eggs certified free of child slavery for Easter 2015.

Download a sample letter and send it to the relevant supermarket:

Letter to Coles
Letter to Woolworths

2014 Canberra Advocacy

Posted in September 30th, 2014
by ACRATH

Seeking a Stronger Human Rights Response

DSCN1557Fifteen ACRATH advocates were in Canberra from 22 to 25th November speaking on behalf of those who have been trafficked into Australia. During the four days ACRATH members met with 79 Members of Parliament and Advisors.

They promoted a stronger rights based approach to support for people trafficked into Australia, a change in visa names to ensure people are not discriminated or labelled when they are trying to move on with their lives, a federal compensation scheme and a request for action from the government on the issue of slavery in the supply chain of goods being imported into Australia.  The ACRATH team is grateful to all Members of Parliament who took time to meet with them.

Download a copy of the Canberra Advocacy Newsletter.

Protect People Trafficked into Australia

Posted in September 21st, 2014
by ACRATH

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The Salvation Army and ACRATH are currently advocating to prevent the passage of certain provisions in the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendments (2014 Budget Measures) 2014 Bill No. 2, (Schedule 9). If passed, individuals under 30 applying for Special Benefit will become subject to a six month exclusion period. This includes victims of slavery and migrant victims of domestic violence holding temporary spouse visas, some of whom may be victims of forced or servile marriage, including children. This legislation is now before the Senate. We are asking supporters to write to Minister Kevin Andrews, Minister for Social Services and to all Senators, to request that Special Benefit be removed in entirety from this legislation. 

Download a sample letter here.

Traffik Free Chocolate

Posted in September 21st, 2014
by ACRATH

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Over a third of the cocoa that makes the world’s chocolate comes from the Ivory Coast, Africa. It’s highly likely that the beans that make your favourite chocolate bar come from here.  Cocoa harvesting is backbreaking and hazardous work. The shocking reality is that much of this work is done by children.  Despite improvements in the chocolate industry, human trafficking remains an ongoing and deep seated problem. Due to the hidden and illegal nature of human trafficking, gathering statistics on the scale of the problem is difficult. Estimates of child labour on cocoa farms in the Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana from organisation such as the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), UNICEF and Tulan University vary from 300,000 to 1 million from 2007-2013. We know that a portion of these children have been trafficked.

Despite grand announcements about investment of funds and numerous high level conversations with management and promises being made, Mondelez is yet to deliver. Join the campaign to ask Mondeléz for traffic-free chocolate.  Order postcards from Stop the Traffik – Australia@stopthetraffik.org – sign them and post them back to Stop the Traffik.  Postcards will be delivered to Ms Irene Rosenfeld the Mondeléz Global CEO in Chicago in early December.

 

Advocating for the Rights of Trafficked People

Posted in September 16th, 2014
by ACRATH

ACRATH Members to Visit Federal Parliament

Logo 1Thirteen ACRATH members from around Australia will make their annual visit to Federal Parliament from 22-25 September 2014 in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia. ACRATH has at least 54 meetings scheduled during this advocacy week.

During our time in Canberra ACRATH members will engage with Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Ministerial advisors, Departmental staff, Embassy staff, and Church leaders in our continuing battle to ensure the rights of trafficked people are met.  Adopting a human rights approach key advocacy issues will include support services for women and men trafficked into Australia, a compensation scheme that will assist rehabilitation and the need to ensure a slavery free supply chain for goods coming into Australia.

ACRATH would be grateful for your prayerful support during our time of advocacy in Canberra.  Thank you.

Download the ACRATH Media Release.

Human Trafficking Not Confined to Poor Countries

Posted in September 13th, 2014
by ACRATH

Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations

Archbishop TomasiIn an address to the 27th Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, chose slavery as the theme of his address.  While referring to a number of tragic forms of contemporary slavery that have recently attracted the attention of the media and the international community, such as “massive kidnappings and sale of young girls under the false premises of religious teachings as is done, for example, by Boko Haram in Nigeria or by the so-called Islamic State group in northern Iraq,” he indicated there are “other, subtler forms of slavery that deserve specific attention, including the 5.7 million children who are victims of forced and bonded labour, domestic servitude, early, forced and servile marriage … and caste-based forms of slavery, which affect the lives of so many and are not confined to developing and poor countries”.  He went on to say that despite the existence of international conventions to protect against modern forms of slavery greater public will is required to ensure they are effective instruments.  Read more…

 

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