Civil Society reacts to the proposed sustainable development goals This review is posted on the Post 2015 Development & Policy section of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. There are a number of responses including the 8 red flags of the Women’s Major Group. ATD 4th World has a comment on poverty measurement and the Mining Group has a note on the fact that the human right to water is lacking. Target 5.2 of Goal 5 Achieve Gender Equality and empower women and girls has the following reference to trafficking ‘Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in public and private spheres including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.’ There is further reference in Goal 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies. Target 16.2 reads end abuse, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.’ If you wish to read the full document click here
This Youtube presentation ‘The Road to Development Justice’ is a good overview providing insight into what is required if we are to have a truly transformative agenda with the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
Today July 30th we are keeping the first UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This day was proclaimed by the General Assembly in 2013. Did you know that William Wilberforce died on July 29th in 1833. He devoted his life to the abolition of slavery. Tirelessly he delivered speeches, circulated petitions and introduced bills in Parliament (UK). Constantly he pressed the point that what was being justified in the name of profit was the brutal commerce in human life. “Never, never will we desist till we have wiped away this scandal from the load of guilt under which we at present labour, and until we have extinguished every trace of this bloody traffic which our posterity will scarcely believe had been suffered to exist so long, a disgrace and dishonour to our country.” William Wilberforce
Read the message of the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons especially women and children for today. It is in 6 languages click here Ms. Joy Ezeilo ends her term as Special Rapporteur on July 31st. She has written a report on the first decade of the mandate of special rapporteurs on Trafficking in Persons especially women and children. Click here Ms Sigma Huda (Bangladesh) (2004-2008) was the first mandate holder. The newly appointed special rapporteur is Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro from Italy.
Ms Giammarinaro has been OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in January 2010. Ms Giammarinaro received a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Hero Award in 2012 from US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to honour her significant contributions in the struggle to end modern-day slavery. She was one of ten notable individuals from around the world recognized by the State Department.
UN Women launched Beijing+20 at the Apollo Theater, NY on June 26th. Beijing+20 is a year long campaign to spark global dialogue and action on women’s rights and gender equality.
WGG girl advocate Diana was also among the celebrities speaking on the importance of girls rights in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Diana poses for a photograph with Gloria Steinem, a feminist activist, organizer, writer and lecturer.
Don’t for get to Participate …. and check out HeforShe – men raising their voices for change. More pictures can be seen at HereWatch for Diana in the green T-shirt with Working Group on Girls logo.