November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and is also the first day of the United Nations global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, and the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH)’s own 16-days of activism campaign, which focuses on the trafficking of girls and women.
This year, the focus of the UN global campaign is raising money to end violence against women:
Frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, which includes a specific target on ending violence against women and girls, offer huge promise, but must be adequately funded in order to bring real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.
– UN Women
The United Nations are putting out the call for people to “Orange the World” and wear the colour orange in all activities they take part in during the 16 days, to raise awareness of the campaign and the issue it is tackling.
You can read more about the United Nations’ efforts towards ending violence against women here: www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/end-violence-against-women.
ACRATH have launched a 16-days of activism campaign that focuses on the trafficking of girls and women, and runs concurrently with the 16 days of the UN global campaign.
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans is calling on parishes, schools, and community organisations to join in the global campaign to mark its campaign later this month, 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
ACRATH’S campaign, from November 25 to December 10, 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.
ACRATH’s Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, said: “ACRATH wants to encourage people in Australia to light a candle each day for 16 days to remember women and girls facing human trafficking in our world today. But we can’t end with lighting a candle.
“One thing we can all do is to look at the supply chains of the goods we buy in Australia. Who picked the cotton for my clothes? Who made my clothes in a sweatshop in Bangladesh? Which child in West Africa picked the cocoa beans to make my chocolate? As consumers we have such power to try and make a difference.”
RELEASE IN FULL: ACRATH Human trafficking 16 Days campaign
ACRATH have developed a number of resources to assist people in both promoting the 16 Days of Activism and to facilitate their reflection and action during this period.
The complete list of resources and campaign actions is available on the website at acrath.org.au/16days and includes:
A 16 days campaign poster: click here
A reflection sheet to print off with an activity to mark each of the 16 days of the campaign. You can light a candle each day and remember one woman: click here
A range of school resources including information, actions, reflections and prayers: click here
Prayers and an anti-trafficking reflection service for your community, school or parish: click here
A parish notice to alert people to the campaign. This can also be used in work and school news bulletins: click here
A range of reading material about the 16 days campaign and other related campaigns and what NGOs and other organisations doing: click here
What you can do to improve supply chains of products produced around the world: click here