Posted in October 24th, 2017
by Jacinta Lithgow
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A Reflective Action for each of the 16 days

November 25th – December 10th16days-reflection-acrath






 16 Days of action and reflection ….

From the anniversary of the brutal assassination of three strong women activists in the Dominican Republic (November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women), to the day the world marks as International Human Rights Day (December 10).

This year’s theme is, ‘Together We Can End Gender Based Violence in Education’

Trafficking and forced labour is an extreme form of violence against women and girls.

At the ACRATH office we will stop and light a candle each day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from November 25th – December 10th 2017. We ask you to gather with those in your workplace, community, family or class and join us and light a candle and remember someone each day.
Nov 25:International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Women and girls who, in 2017, 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
Nov 27:Women stripped of their rights and trafficked into abusive work situations
Nov 28:Women trafficked from Asia into sexual exploitation in Australia
Nov 29:Women choosing to purchase for themselves and their families clothing with a slavery-free supply chain from the cotton fields to the textile factory and the stores
Nov 30:Girls forced into labour from a young age and thus denied their right to education
Dec 1:Women exploited and forced to work in domestic servitude or in the agricultural and hospitality industries in Australia
Dec 2:Girls at risk of being trafficked after fleeing conflict or natural disasters in their countries
Dec 3:1st Sunday of Advent: "Be on your guard, stay awake." (Mk13:33)
Women and girls who advocate and uphold human rights and work to eradicate all forms of human trafficking
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:Women from ACRAT and other NGOs who offer companionship to survivors of trafficking
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:Women leaders in politics, religion, civil society and healthcare working to eliminate all forms of human trafficking
Dec 9:Women and young girls who are victims of pornography production
Dec 10:Human Rights Day
2nd Sunday in Advent - "Prepare a way for the Lord." (Mk 1:2)
Women and men who educate others in their homes, schools and the wider community to bring an end to the violence of human trafficking

Click here  to download a printable PDF of this reflection. 

Some simple actions to take

  • Buy only slavery-free chocolate
  • Ask your local coffee shop to stock slavery-free coffee
  • Find out if the clothes you wear are slavery free. If not, we have actions you can participate in
  • Share this reflection sheet

For more information and campaign actions explore our ACRATH website: acrath.org.au/16days

Contact rap@acrath.org.au