You Can Take Action
Who is making your clothes?
And just how sweet is the chocolate you eat?
We invite you to join ACRATH and the global community for 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
During this campaign we are shining a spotlight on the clothing industry and the production of chocolate and we encourage you to participate in the campaign actions outlined. Many of the women and girls in these industries face forced labour in hazardous conditions with no chance of an education and no chance to escape from a cycle of poverty.
While we are urging schools to participate in these clothing and chocolate campaigns, they are also important community actions and we encourage you to get involved:
A Reflective Action for each of the 16 days
|Nov 25:||International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Women and girls make up the majority of people who have been trafficked in our world.
|Nov 26:||Girls and young women facing the threat of a forced marriage in Australia and globally|
|Nov 27:||Seasonal workers exploited in Australia's agricultural industries and those seeking redress.|
|Nov 28:||Women trafficked from Asia into forced labour and sexual exploitation in Australia|
|Nov 29:||Women choosing to purchase clothes that have been made by people pad a living wage, from cotton pickers to sewers.|
|Nov 30:||Girls forced into labour from a young age and thus denied their right to education|
|Dec 1:||1st Sunday of Advent: "Stay awake,you must be ready." (Mt 24:37-44)
Health workers seeking a better understanding or, and treatment for, patients who have been trafficked.
|Dec 2:||Today we remember women and girls who advocate and uphold human rights and work to eradicate all forms of human trafficking.|
|Dec 3:||Women and girls who are victims of pornography production|
|Dec 4:||Women rebuilding their lives after being trafficked and deprived of their freedom|
|Dec 5:||Young trafficked women willing to share their stories of exploitation and healing in order to offer hope to others|
|Dec 6:||ACRATH women who offer companionship in Australia to over 30 survivors of trafficking and their children|
|Dec 7:||Young people advocating for the rights of children forced to work in the mining and textile industries or in the production of chocolate and cosmetics|
|Dec 8:||2nd Sunday of Advent: "Prepare a way for the Lord." (Mt 3:1-12)
Women leaders in politics, religion, civil society and healthcare working to eliminate all forms of human trafficking
|Dec 9:||Women and men who educate others in their homes, schools and the wider community to bring an end to the violence of human trafficking|
|Dec 10:||Human Rights Day
Girls at risk of being trafficked after fleeing conflict or natural disasters in their countries.
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Follow the example of St Monica’s College
Students from St Monica’s College (Epping, Victoria) social justice group. Be More, searched far and wide to find out what ethically produced goods are available. They then turned their finds into a kit and made a short film.
The kit of goodies includes: chocolate, coffee, tea, soft drink, drink bottle, backpack, headphones, iPhone cover, sneakers, tee-shirt, toilet paper, soccer ball, sunglasses, cap, tissue, wallet, toothbrush, underpants and more. The kit and film about ethically produced goods, was developed with support from Fair Trade AAssociatin of Australia and New Zealand’s Fairtrade Innovation Fund, and is now a travelling road show that has gone to many schools that also want to show what’s possible.
If your school would like to host St Monica’s roadshow, contact St Monica’s College at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9409 8800.