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Progress on Ending Child Marriage

Posted in October 26th, 2014


End Child MarriageA recent UNICEF report indicates that the practice of child marriage is slowly declining. “Progress is most dramatic when it comes to the marriage of girls under 15 years of age. Globally, 1 in 4 young women alive today were married in childhood versus 1 in 3 in the early 1980s.
The proportion of young women who entered into marriage before age 15 declined from 12 per cent to 8 per cent over the same period.”   Of the world’s 1.1 billion girls, 22 million are already married. Hundreds of millions more are at risk.  Bringing an end to child marriage will make it possible for more girls to be educated and find employment thus also helping to end the cycle of poverty.  Read more…

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in October 25th, 2014

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 10

The latest issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights issues around providing assistance to human trafficking survivors for their healing journey.  One article speaks of the work being done by The Coalition of US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) to curb modern day slavery.  Download your copy here.

Freedom Sunday – 19th October. Are you Ready?

Posted in October 14th, 2014

freedom_sunday_imageHow Will You Take Part?

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

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

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

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:  

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

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

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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

chocolateMondeléz Campaign

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 – – 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.


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