Catching a glimpse of Good Shepherd advocacy work from Paris to Indonesia, and from Washington to Santiago Chile.

An unusual moment to catch such a glimpse of advocacy work undertaken by Good Shepherd around the same time around the world.

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Cristina Durante and Catherine Mutindi were actively engaged in the OECD meeting in Paris. Director of Good Shepherd International Foundation , Cristina Duranti participated on April 17th together with Amnesty International and other panelists at #Cobalt session at #OECDminerals in Paris, to present our DRC program in Kolwezi and discuss abuses suffered by the most vulnerable in the cobalt mining communities.  Catherine presented on community-based approaches to ending child labour in Kolwezi during an NGO sponsored side event.  This side event was in collaboration with Care and Protection of Children – CPC Learning Network  Photographs are from Facebook.  Catherine is with the co-found of CPC Learning Network Mark Canavera.    Read more    See the documentary

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Once again children to the fore – now from Indonesia!  Congratulations to  Maria Anggelina, who  won Hermann Gmeiner Award 2018.  Maria Anggelina is an Administrative staff, Kindergarten of Good Shepherd Sisters, Batam, Indonesia 
Maria Anggelina is a champion for the cause of children and marginalised women in Indonesia. She is particularly active in trying to save children who have been trafficked to Batam, an island in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago. As part of her work with the Good Shepherd Sisters, Ms Anggelina and a team cooperate with law enforcement, the military, social services and church organisations to combat human trafficking on the island. Thanks to their efforts, at least 40 victims have been rescued and returned to their home villages. Seeing many cases, especially ones where children from her own hometown have fallen victim, makes Ms Anggelina very grateful to have been cared for by SOS Children’s Villages Flores in Indonesia. She realises, if it were not for SOS Chlldren’s Villages, she could have been a victim of trafficking herself. By raising the awareness of parents and children, Ms Anggelina hopes to reduce the number of trafficking victims.  Read more

Washingon

The National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd are organizing a Human Trafficking Conference for Tuesday, May 15, 2008

In Santiago Chile, the regional preparatory meeting for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) which will take place in New York, July 9-18, 2018 is presently happening.  The High Level Political Forum meets annually  to evaluate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.   We have two members present at the meeting in Santiago – Marta Iris and Erika Sanchez.  Hedwig Joehl attended a similar meeting in Geneva.  Georgette hopes to attend in Beirut (April 24 to 26)  and Donatus will attend with the Sisters from Senegal at Dakar (May 2 – 4) the meeting for Africa.  Read more HEREErika 5

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July 30th ‘World Day Against Trafficking Persons.’ Who’s saying What…

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This picture comes from the UN Geneva Website.   The theme of the day is “Let’s act now to protect and assist trafficking victims”.  Executive Director of UNODC has issued the following  STATEMENT calling attention to the links between conflict and trafficking and migrant smuggling.  “The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants calls for nations, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to enter a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. In preparation, the UN General Assembly will hold a session in Vienna, Austria, on 4-5 September 2017 to discuss these issues, particularly the protection and assistance needed in connection with trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants”.  (I hope to attend this session in Vienna on 4-5 September)

Special Rapporteurs Maria Grazia Giammarinaro (Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children) and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio,  (Special Rapporteur on Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children) speaking ahead of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Sunday 30 July issued this STATEMENT expressing much concern for children and what is happening to them. The title of the statement is ‘Migrant children at risk of trafficking and exploitation as current protection systems fail them’.

Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 9.11.09 PMExplanation of the raison d’être of the day can be had in English   French and  Spanish

‘Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons’

This year the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has chosen ‘act to protect and assist trafficked persons’ as the focus of the World Day. This topic highlights one of the most pressing issues of our time — the large mixed migration movements of refugees and migrants. The theme puts the spotlight on the significant impact of conflict and natural disasters, as well as the resultant, multiple risks of human trafficking that many people face. It addresses the key issue concerning trafficking responses: that most people are never identified as trafficking victims and therefore cannot access most of the assistance or protection provided.        #HumanTrafficking #EndHumanTrafficking

World Mission Magazine published by the Comboni Fathers in the Philippines published three articels on Human Trafficking in their July edition.

We are all complicit Winifred Doherty, Contributor.  A crime gainst children … Fr Shay Cullen, Preda Foundation, and Religious combating human trafficking, Clara Torres Acevedo, Comboni Missionary Sister.  Coming soon … the on line version!

Global Sisters Report has an article entitled “The worldwide debate on sex work: morality meets reality”

Lastly the GSIJP prayer for the the month was prepared on this very theme by Donatus Lili, the NGO Regional Designate for Africa.  While all of the material above is in English only the prayer is in three languages  English  French and Spanish

 

UNICEF’s Report ‘A child is a child: Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation’ English, Spanish and French

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45 days to go until the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children 2010

Celebrate Universal Children’s Day November 20  –  Prepare by visiting the website for ideas at  http://www.dayofprayerandaction.org/    The google translation bar attached permits translation into French and Spanish together with a variety of other languages including  Arabic,  Czech, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Swahili, Thai and Vietnamese to mention some.

20th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child at the United Nations.

Today the United Nations commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the Conventios n on the Rights of the Child.  You can see whole event by clicking on this link and finding 20th November, 2009, Special Events, archieved videos. http://www.un.org/webcast/2009.html   Much has been accomplished – the most ratified convention in the world- but a huge challenge remains –   64 million women aged 20-24 in the developing world reported they were married before 18 years, 1.2 million children were trafficked each year as of the year 2000, 14 million young women gave birth between the ages of 15 and 19 years old, 500 million-1.5 billion children have been affected by violence.  These statistics are recored in UNICEF’s Celebrating 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The State of the World’s Children.  Special Edition.  Click here to read more http://www.unicef.org/    If you require a hard copy of the report (in three languages – English, Spanish and French) why not use the comment at the bottom of the post.

Working Group on Trafficked Children (WGTC)

The Working Group on Trafficked Children is a relatively new group made up of a number of No’s interested in following this issue.  The next meeting is on August 11, 2009 in New York.  Good Shepherd is a member of this group.  If you are interested in becoming involved it is a good time to start because the group is defining it vision statement and drafting its strategic plan.  The organizational statement of the Working Group on Trafficked Children reads “concerned about the rapid increase in the trafficking of children, the NGO Working Group on Trafficked Children works for the formation of effective international and national policies, to end child trafficking.  We place particular emphasis on the special vulnerability of the girl child.”  To be effective we need your collaboration –  your expertise, your views and opinions. You can do this by replying on the comment line just below this post. 

Vision Statement

The ultimate goal of the Working Group on Trafficking in Children is to help end child trafficking. We aim to ensure that children are made visible in international counter-trafficking efforts at the United Nations.

Strategic Plan for 2009 to 2011

1.  Education and resource development              

a)  Educate and inform WGTC members:    i.  Develop vision statement and strategic plan.   ii.  Maintain and contribute to AirSet database.    iii  Monthly meetings,  including speakers.    iv.  Attend child trafficking events at the UN and in the NYC area.

b) Educate the public:       i.  Prepare fact sheets on child trafficking issues.   ii.  Develop community education programs.  iii.  Host UN side events.         iv. Create a resource bank – websites, films, books, tool kits on the issue of child trafficking.

2.  Networking            

a) Build and maintain contact with children’s advocacy groups, such as ECPAT:  (End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes):   http://www.ecpat.net/EI/index.asp    i.  Members attend meeting of other groups.   ii.  Members share WGTC agenda with networks

b) Share successful advocacy efforts and best practices:      i.  Forward position papers to organization representatives.   ii Gather examples of successful advocacy on the ground.

c) Collaborate in hosting side events and other events. 

d) Exchange speakers.

3.  Advocacy           

a) Advocate for language that reflects the reality of the dignity of the human person.

b) Develop position papers:    i.  Defining “decent work” .  ii. Legalization vs abolitionist (prostitution).  iii Cruelty-free and free trade products.

c) Influence UN delegation positions on child trafficking:    i. Create list of friendly missions.   ii. Collaborate with missions who are leading on the issue of child trafficking.   iii.  Distribute position papers to UN missions.

d) Develop a relationship with UNODC (United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime):   i. Set up initial meeting to discuss WGTC involvement.   ii Distribute position papers to UNODC.