Posts tagged ‘human trafficking’

Be the Change (Purse) @oprah #hwhtw

As seen in Oprah:

Change Purse collects donated purses and sells them to support organizations that work directly with potential and rescued victims, as well as survivors, of sex trafficking.

Shop for a new purse, donate an old one, or host a Change Purse party:

April 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm 1 comment

Be the Change: Jewelry with a conscience @purewow #hwhtw

The eagle-eyed folks at PureWow tracked down this amazing jewelry collection for a cause:

“We’re fans of Senhoa, a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for Cambodian victims of human trafficking via beautiful, affordable jewelry. We’re particularly impressed with its recent collaboration with supermodel Coco Rocha, who received a Senhoa piece as a wedding gift and was inspired to help the cause.

“Named after the young girls who craft it, Rocha’s seven-piece line combines multicolored Swarovski elements with a high-caliber fashion sense (biker chains and crystal spikes mixed with delicate shapes and glistening beads). ”

Read more and shop!:

November 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

New Girl Effect Video! @girleffect #hwhtw

Girl Effect has posted an awesome new video on the importance of age 12 in the lives of girls – and the future of the world:

October 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Walk to End Modern Day Slavery with SAIS GDF – Saturday, Oct. 22

On October 22, SAIS’s Gender and Development Forum will join thousands of people in the DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk on the National Mall in Washington, DC. We hope you’ll join us!


The event will include a 5K walk, anti-trafficking resource fair, luminary speakers, and incredible musical performances.

You can find more details and directions on our Facebook event page at!/event.php?eid=157184301040163 (or search “Walk to End Modern Day Slavery with SAIS GDF”).

To join the team or make a donation, click here:

October 20, 2011 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

“In India, Maids Need Protection and Respect”

Sister Jeanne DevosDomestic workers face serious workplace dangers:  human trafficking, underpayment, beatings, sexual exploitation, and forcible confinement.  The International Labor Organization’s Convention on Domestic Workers was approved by over 100 countries, including India, in June, and India’s domestic workers are hopeful that it will mean an improvement in their working conditions.

From the New York Times:

“The situation is changing rather fast, and in the last five years we’ve seen great improvement,” Sister Jeanne [Devos] said. Seven Indian states have passed laws bringing domestic workers under the Minimum Wage Act, a small but significant recognition of basic rights. Social security benefits will be available for the first time soon, with the government announcing health insurance coverage for domestic workers and three family members. And Sister Jeanne, like many other activists in this field, hopes that the norms set by the International Labor Organization convention will be accepted by individual Indian states, even if it takes a few years for the central government to ratify the convention.

“One of the more contentious issues for domestic workers in India is the question of workplace safety. A landmark bill in 2010 tackling sexual harassment in the workplace was criticized for omitting domestic workers. The argument of its framers was that it would be difficult to police private homes.

“The task force from the Ministry of Labor is looking into the amendment to the sexual harassment bill,” Sister Jeanne said. “If the home is defined as a private space, then the employer should not take on an outsider as a worker. It starts with the name — domestic worker — it’s an identity. It allows workers to see the dignity of their work, to make comparisons with air hostesses, or to see the value of the work they do, whether this is child care or care for the aged.”

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August 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

“Asia: Heirs and spares”

Indian brideThis article in the Financial Times discusses the social, political, and economic implications of Asia’s “missing women”:

Asia: Heirs and spares

By Amy Kazmin, Patti Waldmeir and Girija Shivakumar

The political, economic and social consequences of a preference for sons is alarming policymakers
 In the Indian farming village of Medina, 200km from Delhi, the narrow lanes are clogged with high-end sport utility vehicles, reflecting the prosperity brought by rising land values to this traditional community. In their mud-floored homes, residents display flatscreen televisions, refrigerators and other modern conveniences.

But Medina’s families are also using their new wealth to acquire a scarce local commodity: teenage girls to act as wives for the community’s growing cohorts of unmarried men.

A shortage of young women arising from decades of aggressive use of sex-selective abortion in northern breadbasket states – including Haryana, where Medina is located – is prompting families to turn to the impoverished east to secure females. Communities once fussy about caste are now prepared to buy young girls who do not even speak their language, though such unions are usually without formal weddings. “At first, people were ashamed of bringing wives from outside, but now they don’t care – they pay and they bring,” says Ram Niwas, 68. “A woman is a child-bearing machine. Her only work is to bear children and cook.”

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July 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Under Sec. Otero on Human Rights in the Obama Administration

In a recent speech at American University, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero emphasized the importance of gender equality in the Obama Administration’s human rights policy:

“Our support of civil society in its pursuit of human rights also means elevating our commitment to marginalized and disenfranchised groups, including women, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

“For example, despite bearing the brunt of society’s political and economic challenges, women across the Americas’ continue to drive democratic change and social equality. I have met with women leaders in Brazil who are fighting the scourge of human trafficking. Women in Honduras are raising their voices in the name of freedom of speech, and protecting the place of human rights defenders in society. In Colombia, women are defending the rights of the 3 million internally displaced people. And in Cuba, the Damas de Blanco were recently honored for its work fighting for fundamental freedoms. Yet, despite these heroic examples, women remain marginalized by outdated legislation and lackluster law enforcement. Even as we gather here today, women in the Middle East are struggling to make their voices heard in nascent democratic transitions. As countries seek to establish more stable, respected governments, the role of women will be tantamount to their success.”

Read the full speech:

May 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

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