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Rana Plaza Anniversary

Posted in April 25th, 2017
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Rana PlazaFour Years on Has Anything Changed?

Who could forget the scenes of devastation that we saw on 24th April 2013 when the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,000 garment workers? Now four years on what has changed? The New Daily reports that after the tragedy 200 international apparel brands and retailers from about 20 countries, two global trade unions, and eight Bangladesh trade unions came together to develop the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, which mandates safety inspections. Twelve major Australian brands have joined the Accord. However there continues to be concerns about the safety of workers four years on. Workers are not paid enough to meet their families basic needs. We need to advocate for safe, secure, well-paid jobs for garment workers. We need to ensure that the clothes we purchase in Australia have been ethically produced. The recently released 2017 Ethical Fashion Guide provides information about 106 Australian and New Zealand companies. You can help eliminate exploitation of garment workers.

The Problem with Chocolate

Posted in April 15th, 2017
by ACRATH

SarahSr Sarah Puls speaks about Slavery in the Cocoa Industry

In a recent interview aired on ABC Radio National ACRATH member, Sr Sarah Puls sgs, spoke on the link between chocolate and child slavery. Sarah explained that most of the chocolate we eat in Australia comes from West Africa. People in this area are at risk of exploitation because there is not enough money to employ people. Employment practices can be less than ethical. In particular children from the area, and also children trafficked into the area, are forced into picking cocoa beans. These children are denied their right to an education. So is there such a thing as ethical chocolate? Learn more about this issue by listening to the interview with Sarah here.

A Matter of Taste

Posted in March 31st, 2017
by ACRATH

A Matter of TasteHelp Drive the Demand for Traffik-free Chocolate

Since the more recent media exposé of the traffcking of children and child labour on cocoa farms in 2000, the chocolate industry has been trying to address the issue, albeit sometimes slowly. All of the major chocolate manufacturing companies now have a Code of Conduct – a promise to protect the environment and the human rights and labour conditions of suppliers. Seventeen years after the initial exposé, child labour in the chocolate industry
is still a pressing issue.  ‘A Matter of Taste‘ examines what the six biggest chocolate companies and the three certifiers are doing to prevent and end human trafficking and child labour in the cocoa farms of West Africa.

See what the chocolate companies are doing.Is your favourite chocolate brand working towards the elimination of child labour in the cocoa industry? If so send a message of thanks. If not, urge them to source certified cocoa for their products.

Download A Matter of Taste or a summary version.

Commitment to Fight Against Human Trafficking

Posted in March 31st, 2017
by ACRATH

1-23_32817189121_oChange can Happen

Newly elected ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons sm, believes that when people work together change can happen. “It doesn’t matter how small your action is; just do it and tell others about it. Just take one step to counter human trafficking and change will happen.”

Human trafficking is an enormous global tragedy and, sadly, Australia is a player, a destination country for many people. As well, Australians consume goods made by men, women and children who have been enslaved or forced to work for little or no pay. So there is much to be done.

“Working in this area is a long haul and if you expect things to change quickly you will give up because you will have a sense of failure. We have to celebrate the small wins, the little steps forward,” Noelene said. Read more…

Marietta LatonioCongratulations Marietta Latonio

ACRATH is pleased to congratulate Marietta Latonia on being named UNANIMA International’s 2017 Woman of Courage. Marietta Latonio is a social worker who lives and works in Cebu, Philippines. She has been the director of many welfare programs; led implementation of community-based programs for more than 20 years; worked for many NGOs focused on the welfare of women and children; has been a lifelong advocate for children’s human rights, and more recently involved with the “I Have a Voice” research project. Marietta has long been a friend of ACRATH and in 2015 was a presenter at the ACRATH National Conference

She is now the monitor / evaluator of programs at Good Shepherd Welcome House in Cebu. Not only does she work with and support girls and women on the street; but she educates pimps about trafficking, and networks with bar managers in an effort to identify and help women in need. She is working towards a degree with research focused on interventions for recovery of trafficking survivors.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in March 28th, 2017
by ACRATH

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 3

The March 2017 issue of Stop Trafficking! looks at how ordinary citizens and computer specialists assist victims of human trafficking via the internet. Article include: The internet: Locus of human trafficking and locus of efforts to stop it, Hackers help to find traffickers, and “Ban Human Trafficking App.

Download your copy of the March issue here.

What comes First? the Child or the Egg

Posted in March 22nd, 2017
by ACRATH

childrenOnRoadEggsYour Choice is Your Voice

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a coalition of NGOs working against human trafficking and slavery. ACRATH is an active member of this coalition. For ten years STOP THE TRAFFIK has been asking chocolate companies and stores to take action in their supply chain to prevent and end the trafficking of children to produce the cocoa that ends up in our chocolate. Things are improving but we are nowhere near where we need to be yet!

Children may be trafficked to produce the cocoa for your Easter Egg. Children come before the egg! Join us to have an Easter free from human trafficking. Choose your chocolate carefully. To find out more about where you can find #traffikFreeEaster Eggs go to the 2017 Good Egg Guide.

Looking for Slavery-Free Easter Eggs?

Posted in March 18th, 2017
by ACRATH

Help Spread the Word

If you know where you can buy Easter Eggs certified free from child slavery tell your family and friends. Consumer demand can make a big impact on both the producer and the retailer of a product. In past years some people have found it difficult to find Slavery-free Easter Eggs so we hope the table below may give you some suggestions. While this list is not exhaustive it is published to help those who are struggling to find slavery-free eggs.

 RetailerDescription
Aldi 2017AldiAldi's Easter Egg range is UTZ certified
ColesColesColes have a number of products that carry the UTZ certification
Chocolatier2David JonesDavid Jones sell the Chocolatier range of FairTrade Easter Eggs
HaighsHaighsThis Australian Chocolate company sources UTZ certified cocoa.
Divine3OxfamThe Divine range of FairTrade certified Easter Eggs can be found in Oxfam shops

 

Sold as a Slave to Ireland

Posted in March 17th, 2017
by ACRATH

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On this day people around the world celebrate the great apostle of Ireland. History tells us that as a young boy Patrick was taken captive and sold as a slave to Ireland. After working as a herdsman he escaped and eventually became a priest. He was made a bishop of Ireland and is remembered throughout the world as a great preacher and missionary of the Christian faith.
The story of St Patrick reminds us of those today who are still being taken captive and sold as slaves into domestic servitude, sexual exploitation or other forms of modern day slavery. As God gave Patrick the vision and strength to bring God’s good news of faith and hope to the people of Ireland, may we be granted grace to support and advocate for the rights of those suffering injustice and abuse in our time, especially asylum seekers and refugees and trafficked women, girls and men.

#BeBoldForChange

Posted in March 8th, 2017
by ACRATH

IWDInternational Women’s Day 2017

The theme for International Women’s Day in 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. This day invites us to celebrate the achievements of women and to be bold in taking steps to promote gender parity.

Did you know that according to the UNODC 2016 Global Trafficking in Person Report 71% of all trafficking victims are women or young girls? Human Trafficking is a violation of human rights. The time to act is NOW.

  • Be a voice for women in the situations of your daily life – your school, your workplace, your church community, your sporting club, etc.
  • Become more informed about human trafficking in all its forms
  • Alert other to the fact that human trafficking exists in Australia and so be a voice for the vulnerable
  • Join in  ACRATH campaigns to help reduce the demand for goods produced by slave labour
  • Make a donation to support the work of ACRATH
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