- International Women’s Day March 8, 2021
The global UN Women theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. This theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future.
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the disproportionate burdens that women carry and the centrality ...
- March Awareness Raising March 1, 2021
International Women’s Day is celebrate each year on 8th March. The 2021 theme is Choose to Challenge. A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge by celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality.
The March page of the ACRATH 2021 Calendar highlights ...
- 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence Campaign November 17, 2019
The 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence campaign is held each year beginning of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) and ending on International Human Rights Day (10th December). The 16 Day campaign reinforces the fact that violence against women is a human rights violation. The 2019 theme is Ending ...
- Thought for November October 31, 2019
Have you ever wondered about the impacts of fast fashion? When St Ursula’s College ‘Not 4 Sale’ students not only thought about it they took action. They arranged a clothes swap. The swap encouraged students to think more about where their clothes come from, and the impact of fast fashion. It also asked them to ...
- 16 Days Campaign November 22, 2018
Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The theme for this event in 2018 is:
Together we can end Gender-Based Violence
in the World of Work
The campaign looks at ...
- November Activity October 31, 2018
You have the power to help bring about an end to human trafficking and slavery. As consumers we make choices. Become informed about the existence of slavery in the supply chain of various products so that you can make ethical consumer choices. Behind the Barcode, a resource from Baptist World Aid, can assist you in this regard.
- #TimeisNow March 8, 2018
International Women’s Day 2018
Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. In his message for International Women’s Day 2018 UN Secretary General, António Guterres, states “Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights ...
- Learning About Forced Marriage March 7, 2018
A member of ANZRATH (Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) was present at the ACRATH National Conference in February 2018. Sr Adrienne shared her thoughts following on from the session on forced marriage.
- Women Thrive SDG5 Toolbox January 10, 2018
Achieve Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals includes one goal on gender equality. Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls – has nine targets, one of which aims to “eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual ...
- Domestic Slavery December 24, 2017
The 2017 Trafficking in Person Report commented on the existence of domestic servitude in Australia. This YouTube clip from Freedom United outlines why domestic workers can be vulnerable and the signs of domestic slavery.
- Leave No One Behind November 25, 2017
End Violence Against Women
The International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women is celebrated each year on 25th November. The theme of this day for 2017 is Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Children. In a recent report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, stated:
“Gender inequality persists ...
- 16Days October 28, 2017
Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The theme for this event in 2017 is:
Together we can end Gender Based Violence in Education
The campaign looks at the ...
- 2017 Ethical Fashion Report May 8, 2017
Are Your Garments Ethical?
The fourth edition of the Ethical Fashion Report was recently released by Baptist World Aid.
It grades over 106 companies… that’s 330 brands! It includes firsthand accounts of what life is like for garment workers around the world. And, for the first time ever, the research has been expanded to include New Zealand’s favourite fashion brands!
- #BeBoldForChange March 8, 2017
International 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 ...
- 16 Days 16 Stories November 24, 2016
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
The UN sponsored 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence takes place from 25th November to 10th December each. This year Mercy Global Action at the United Nations in partnership with the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd as part of this campaign presents #16Days16Stories. ...
- 16Days October 10, 2016
Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day.
The campaign looks at the different forms of violence that women and girls face. The theme this year is, ‘From peace ...
- Eradicating & Preventing Debt Bondage September 4, 2016
Report of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
In her report to the thirty third session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slaver, Urmila Bhoola, spoke about debt bondage as a key form of slavery in our contemporary world. As well as defining debt ...
- Supporting Women Who Have Been Trafficked August 19, 2016
Pope Francis Visits Shelter for Women
In keeping with his strong stance against human trafficking Pope Francis recently visited the Pope John XXIII community. This community houses approximately 20 women who have been rescued from sexual slavery. The women come from countries such as Romania, Albania, Nigeria, Tunisia and Ukraine. The women are given protection as they ...
- Voices of Women – I Don’t June 9, 2016
Forced Marriage in Australia
Despite being illegal, forced marriage is practiced in Australia. As a community we are starting to understand both the nature and extent of forced marriage in our community. Voices of Women – I Don’t is a film clip released by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). CMY is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting ...
- Strategies to End Child Marriage April 28, 2016
Check List from GIRLS NOT BRIDES
GIRLS NOT BRIDES is a civil society partnership of more than 550 member organisations that are based in over 70 countries. Their aim is to give the issue of child marriage worldwide attention so that strategies can be put in place to end it. In February 2016 they issued A Checklist ...
- Forced Marriage from a Gender Perspective February 25, 2016
Report on Forced Marriage in the EU
Forced marriage from a gender perspective is a report giving an overview of the practice of forced marriage in the EU from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective. It analyses the definitions of forced marriage and puts forward a definition from a gender perspective. It also provides an overview ...
- Unlock the Power of girls October 13, 2015
Video to Mark International Day of the Girl
Child rights organisation Plan International commissioned this video – Unlock the Power of Girls – to mark International Day of the Girl in 2015. Based on the poem “Yet” written by young British writer, singer and performer Keisha Thompson, it features 13 girls from Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Nicaragua, ...
- International Day of the Girl Child October 11, 2015
The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030
On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s theme for this day focuses on adolescent girls and the ...
- Aiming to Reduce Violence Against Women September 1, 2015
Family Safety Pack
The Australia Government has recently released a Family Safety Pack in an effort to reduce violence against women, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. It provides information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage. The pack also explains the rights of women coming into ...
- I HAVE A VOICE: Trafficked Women in Their Own Words August 28, 2015
Ground-breaking Book on Trafficking Launched
A ground-breaking book, focussing on the lives of 40 trafficked women in the Philippines and the sinister and structural oppression of young women on which the sex trade thrives has been launched. The book, by Sister of Mercy Angela Reed PhD, overturns the popular and sensationalised image of trafficking as a ...
- Enforcing Accountability of States & Businesses in Supply Chains August 22, 2015
Report of UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
At the UN General Assembly on 8th July 2015 the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Urmila Bhoola, presented a report in which she provided a thematic study on enforcing the accountability of States and businesses for preventing, mitigating and redressing contemporary forms of slavery in supply ...
- Stop Trafficking! April 24, 2015
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 4
In the April 2015 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the potential connections of natural disasters with the subsequent exploitation of vulnerable populations by human traffickers. There is also an article outlining a protocol to help trafficked victims in hospital settings. Read more…
- SOLWODI Newsletter March 30, 2015
Solidarity With Women In Distress
In the March 2015 issue of the SOLWODI Newsletter Lutz-Ulrich Besser, founder and leader of the Centre for Psycho-Trauma and Trauma-Therapy in Lower-Saxony, is interviewed on the topic Humans are Being Dehumanized. SOLWODI is regionally active through the counselling centres, women’s homes and shelters, as well as through political and practical work, not only nationally, ...
- Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) March 10, 2015
Implementing the Beijing Platform for Action
The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session. At the Fourth ...
- Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It March 8, 2015
International women’s Day 2015
International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March every year. It is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The 2015 theme for International ...
- Trafficking in Children on the Rise November 26, 2014
Global Report on Trafficking in Persons
The UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014 mandated by the General Assembly covers 128 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2010 and 2012 (or more recent). The Global Report ...
- Trafficking in Canada October 31, 2014
Canadian Women’s Foundation
The Canadian Women’s Foundation aims to empower women to move out of violence and poverty and into confidence. They have released a number of reports reflecting on sex trafficking in Canada. The reports include stories from survivors and strategies for ending sex-trafficking in Canada.
View reports here.
- Marriage and Partner Migration to Australia June 16, 2014
Australian Institute of Criminology(AIC) Research & Public Policy No 124
Research described in the latest AIC Research & Public Policy Paper is the first in Australia to confirm that marriage has been used to recruit or attract women to Australia for the purposes of exploitation as domestic servants, to provide private or commercial sexual services and/or to be exploited in the ...
- Stop Trafficking! March 17, 2014
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 3
The latest issue of Stop Trafficking highlights the steps women are taking to curb human trafficking. You can also read about the contribution to anti-trafficking initiatives made by the recent recipients of the 4th Annual Norma Hotaling Anti-Trafficking Awards. A number of resources are also listed in the March ...
- Domestic Workers Convention September 24, 2013
ILO Treaty Now Legally Binding
The Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers came into force on 5th September 2013. It is reported that there are 50-100 million domestic workers in our world. These workers are mainly girls and women. Their tasks include cooking, cleaning and looking after children and the elderly. Such workers are often ...
- SOLWODI Newsletter August 6, 2013
SOLWODI Newsletter No 96, June 2013
SOLWODI stands for Standing with Women in Distress. In their latest Newsletter contains article on how SOLWODI is trying to make a difference including their efforts in Berlin to urge the implementation of EU Human Rights Convention Against Human Trafficking and their involvement in Munich with the Info Bus Project. ...
- The Demand Side of Sex Trafficking August 6, 2013
Media Representations of Women and Men in Australia
Professor Bob Pease is from the School of Heath and Social Development at Deakin University. His research interests are in the fields of critical masculinity studies and critical social work practice. In the former area his specific research focus is on men’s violence against women and cross-cultural and global ...
- Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern Slavery May 16, 2013
Recommendations to the US President
In April 2013 UNANIMA International was represented in Washington DC at a meeting organized by the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in collaboration with the Bakhita Initiative (U.S. Catholic Sisters United Against Human Slavery) for 12 leaders of groups of women religious who work against human trafficking. During the ...
- Stop Trafficking! May 16, 2013
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 5
The May 2013 issue of Stop Trafficking concentrates on the issue of Forced Marriage. It includes articles on Forced Marriage Prevention and Handling Forced Marriage Cases. The newsletter reminds us of the importance of girls being valued and educated to promote child rights and prevent poverty.
Download the May Issue ...
- Woman Convicted of Holding Sex Slaves April 7, 2013
Six Women Held in Sexual Servitude
In a recent court case in Sydney the jury heard how a woman had forced six immigrant women into sexual servitude. After being recruited in Malaysia and brought to Australia on student visas the six women were forced to work in a brothel in Sydney. With little or no English ...
- Stop Trafficking! March 25, 2013
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 3
This issue of Stop Trafficking looks at how the demand for commercial sex increases the trafficking of women and children and opens the door to globalized crime rings.
Download your copy of the March issue here.
- Commission on the Status of Women March 7, 2013
UNANIMA International writes for CSW
UNANIMA International submitted a written “intervention” on trafficking in girls for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place at the United Nations in New York from 4-15th March. They invited other NGOs to sponsor this document with them. The submission comments that gender inequality, poverty ...
- Anti-Trafficking Radio Awareness Project (RAP) March 5, 2013
ACRATH Working with Local Ethnic Radio
ACRATH launches Australia’s first mulit-language anti-trafficking radio awareness project in a bid to create awareness about the risk of sexual and labour exploitation in Victoria. March 8th 2013 is International Women?s Day, a day to celebrate women and their contribution to our local and global community. Yet at a time of ...
- MORE ‘TRAFFICKING’, LESS ‘TRAFFICKED’ September 27, 2012
Trafficking for Exploitation Outside the Sex Sector in Europe
GAATW Working Paper Series 2011
In this working paper GAATW (Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women) explores the scope of what is often referred to as ‘trafficking for labour exploitation’, with a focus on Europe. It specifically looks at issues of identification and the assistance scenario for persons trafficked into sectors outside ...
- Solwodi Newsletter October 9, 2011
Solwodi Newsletter No 89 September 2011
The latest edition of the Solwodi Newsletter (Solidarity with Women in Distress) may be read by clicking here.
- Seeking a Better Life for Trafficked People August 18, 2011
Australian Religious Seeking a Better Life for Trafficked People
A group of women religious from around Australia will make their fifth annual pilgrimage to Canberra next week in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia.
The 12 women, Catholic sisters and their colleagues, are all members of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). They will ...
- Challenging the Demand Side of Sexual Slavery June 15, 2011
Attempts to Prevent Trafficking into Sexual Slavery
The Swedish Example – trafficking laws in Sweden have evolved from the belief that the demand for sexual services is a contributing factor towards trafficking for sexual purposes. Click here to read Kajsa Claude’s report on the laws promulgated in Sweden in 1999, their implementation and the steps being taken ...
- Sex Trafficking and Indigenous People May 16, 2011
Asia-Pacific Meeting of Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Survivors
Indigenous peoples in Thailand, the Congo, India, Canada, the United States, Australia and nearly every country in the world are caught up in this despicable trade in human flesh.
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in the Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) recently sponsored an important meeting in India calling attention ...
- What Men Have to Do With It February 27, 2011
The Role of Men in Achieving Gender Equity
A report recently released by the International Center for Research on Women comments on the contribution men can make to achieving gender equatity for women.
A copy of the report can be viewed here.
- Religious, women speak up against trafficking at UN July 21, 2010
Emily Hall, Sally Moyle and Sr Joan Kennedy, a member of the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking of Humans (ACRATH), has appeared at the United Nations as part of a presentation to a committee about discrimination against women.
Read ACRATH’s News Release: Australian Sister at UN Speaks of Housing Needs of People Trafficked into Australia