A powerful series of seven posters, designed by Marilynn Ross and Liz Payne, is now available to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign starting on 25th November. Marilynn and Liz have worked together on awareness raising and education projects for a number of years and continue collaborating to get the message out that human trafficking and modern slavery happens here in Australia and we all have the capacity to be activists to help eradicate this violence.
The United Nations 16 days of activism begins on 25th November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on 10th December – Human Rights Day. Human trafficking, a $150 billion global industry, is one of the greatest examples of violence against women and girls. As well, millions of women and girls are forced to marry or to work in terrible conditions for little pay and no chance of an education.
Marilynn, a long-time colleague and supporter of ACRATH, is passionate about human rights and teaching as many people as possible about human trafficking, modern slavery and slavery-like practices. Liz is a member of ACRATH and is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the most vulnerable through education and companionship.
“The RESPECT posters have been designed to provide an ongoing and developmental understanding of the reality of gendered violence in human trafficking and modern slavery. They are a gradual unfolding of the issues and of the ways in which we can work together to eradicate the problem. It’s by a prevention-based approach and putting victim-survivors firmly at the centre of all our efforts that we can achieve outcomes,” Liz said.
The RESPECT focus seeks to examine the rights of the victim-survivors and to place their human dignity at the forefront of our collective efforts.
“Our inspiration comes from our first-hand experience of the human face of human trafficking and modern slavery. We are passionate activists focused on contributing to social action,” Marilynn said.
Liz and Marilynn hope the posters and film clip will help people understand that human trafficking and modern slavery happens here in Australia. It’s not just an “over there” problem. “We can all make a difference by being aware and by being prepared to take note and take action”.
The brief film clip, which will be available on the ACRATH website by 25th November, seeks to provide a snapshot of human trafficking and modern slavery from a global, regional and national perspective. The majority of victim/survivors are women and girls.
There are actions we each can take to help eradicate it – now!
Start with getting these posters into at least five places. Click on each image to download the poster in pdf format.