ACRATH is calling on schools, parishes, workplaces and communities to join with it in a campaign to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from November 25th – December 10th.
The campaign urges people to work together to stop the trafficking of girls and women, an extreme form of violence. Many face forced labour in hazardous conditions with no chance of an education and no chance to escape from a cycle of poverty.
During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence find out more about the issues by reading, and using, some of the following articles/resources:
Modern day slavery exists throughout the world and in Australia today. It has a different face to what many people may imagine, but the outcome for most is very similar. They are often trapped in poverty and have little chance of education.
Read ACRATH’s Six snapshots of modern day slavery here.
Loreto Sister and ACRATH member Anne Kelly has written on the cotton industry, particularly in relation to the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in 2013. Anne challenges us to think differently about our consumption.
Oxfam released a report, Still In The Dark – Lifting the Cloak on the Global Garment Trade in April 2016. The report reveals almost 60% of Australia’s major brands are cloaked in secrecy. Oxfam has investigated 12 of Australia’s major fashion retailers. Of these, Oxfam found only five have taken strong action to ensure the transparency of their supply chains.
Each year, Baptist World Aid publishes a series of industry reports through its Behind the Barcode project. The Australian Fashion Report and the Electronics Industry Trends Report seek to help Australians shop ethically, and, by doing so, advocate with their wallets.
Between them, the two reports assess more than 400 brands operating in Australia and around the world. The reports grade those brands on the strength of the systems they have in place to protect workers in their supply chain from exploitation, forced labour and child labour.
This year marks the 29th year of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, initiated in 1991 and coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. Click here.
Anti-trafficking Reflection Service
This two-page anti-trafficking reflection services was prepared by Anne McPhee ibvm, based on a reflection by the late Carol Hogan sss.
Please feel free to use all, or part of this reflection during the 16 Days campaign. Click here
Spread the word
Tell others about the 16 Days campaign and ask them to take part in an action. Please get this brief campaign notice into your parish bulletin, school newsletter or work bulletin to mark the 16 Days campaign. Click here.
Print this poster and display it in your parish, community, workplace or school to alert others to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from November 25th – December 10th.
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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