Join ACRATH and the international community for 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The campaign looks at the different forms of violence that girls and women face.
The theme for 2019 is:
Together We Can End
Gender Based Violence in the World of Work.
Education might be available for most young people in Australia, but that isn’t the case in many countries around the world for young adults and children (particularly female) who have been trafficked into slavery, or who are forced to marry or to work in unsafe conditions for little money.
According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics an estimated 31 million girls of primary school age and 32 million girls of lower secondary school age were not enrolled in school in 2013.
You have the power to make a difference. If you buy ethically produced clothes, foods and electronic products then you are working to eliminate slavery. This may not lead to all children being able to attend school, but it may improve the conditions in which they work and ensure a ‘living wage’ for their labour.
16 days actions and campaigns
As a school consider incorporating human trafficking into your curriculum using ACRATH’s education resources at: https://acrath.org.au/education-resource/
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 Associati0n 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 [email protected] or 03 9409 8800.
See St Monica’s film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4psqi-dn2I&t=5s