Action in October

October 2021 Action post

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed each year on Oct9ber 17. Given that poverty makes millions of people vulnerable to being exploited and trafficked you are invited to consider organizing a letter-writing campaign asking federal politicians to increase rather than continuing to cut Australia’s aid to developing nations.

The October page of the 2021 ACRATH Calendar highlights the issue of forced marriage. Forced marriage happens in Australia. In the 2020-2021 financial year, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) received 224 reports of modern slavery, including 79 reports of forced marriage.

Are you a nurse, midwife, teacher, child-protection worker or health professional who has encountered someone you believe is in a forced marriage or at risk of a forced marriage?

ACRATH’s free, recorded video called, ACRATH-Developed Forced Marriage Presentation, will help you know what steps to take. Developed by Liz Payne, a forced marriage worker with many years of experience, the ACRATH-Developed Forced Marriage Presentation explores the complexities of forced marriage, the impact on a victim of forced marriage, the extent of the problem in Australia and globally, and referral pathways for victim/survivors. It is a compelling tool for those working to combat forced marriage and provides some disturbing information about forced marriage in Australia.

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