Posted in October 10th, 2016
by Jacinta Lithgow
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16days-resources-acrathACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) 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 2016.

ACRATH 16 days campaign 2016The 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 this year (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.



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This year marks the 25th 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 image, or here


ACRATH members in Western Australia have developed a letter asking supermarkets to stock more slavery-free chocolate in Easter 2017. It also thanks those stores that are doing well. Print it off for your use.

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.


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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 2016.

A Reflective Action for each of the 16 days

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 2016. 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:The 3 women murdered on 25 Nov 1960 in the Dominican Republic and all other women who work to eradicate violence
Nov 26:Girls facing the threat of a forced marriage
Nov 27:Women and girls injured and killed at the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factories in Bangladesh manufacturing clothing for export
Nov 28:Women trafficked into sexual exploitation in Australia
Nov 29:Women choosing to purchase clothing with a slavery-free supply chain from the cotton fields to the textile factory and store
Nov 30:Girls forced into labour from a young age who cannot go to school
Dec 1:Women, exploited and forced to work in domestic servitude, and in the agricultural and hospitality industries in Australia
Dec 2:Girls at risk of being trafficked after disasters in their countries
Dec 3:Girls who are the victims of pornography production
Dec 4:Women rebuilding their lives after being trafficked
Dec 5:Young women, trafficked from Cebu and elsewhere, willing to share their stories of exploitation and healing
Dec 6:Women, especially ACRATH members, who accompany women who have been trafficked
Dec 7:Young women in South Australia who advocate for the rights of children in West Africa forced to pick cocoa used in chocolate production
Dec 8:Women leaders in politics, religion and civil society working to eliminate all forms of human trafficking
Dec 9:Women who educate others to work for a slavery-free world and an end to violence
Dec 10:Women and men working to uphold human rights and eradicate human trafficking

Click here  to download a printable PDF of this reflection.