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I am Generation Equality: Racha Haffar, anti-trafficking activist

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. Racha Haffar, 30, is an award-winning women rights activist from Tunisia, and the founder and president of ‘Not 4 Trade,’ the first anti-human trafficking NGO in Tunisia. She is member of UN Women’s Beijing+25 Youth Task Force.

In the words of Milica Gudović: “Economic empowerment is crucial, not only for survivors, but for any woman”

Monday, July 29, 2019

Milica Gudović is an activist of the Citizens Association for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and All Forms of Gender-Based Violence (ATINA). Here she speaks about the work of ATINA which is supported by UN Women with funding from the European Union. With vocational training and business skills, the organization helps survivors of trafficking to reintegrate into society, become independent and and earn an income. ATINA also provides psychosocial support, legal aid and safe-houses for the survivors of trafficking.

Trafficked: Three survivors of human trafficking share their stories

Monday, July 29, 2019

On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, three women survivors tell us their stories. Their words are testament to their incredible resilience and point toward the urgency for action to prosecute perpetrators and support survivors along their journeys to restored dignity, health and hope.

A fresh look and a fresh start for survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia

Monday, January 14, 2019

Through UN Women’s new programme to prevent human trafficking in Cambodia and Myanmar, three friends were able to start their own salon.

From where I stand: “They forced me to get pregnant”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Aung Ja* was 18 when a woman from Myitkina, northern Myanmar, convinced her to take a ‘factory’ job in China. She was rescued in 2017 and is taking part in a UN Women-supported trafficking prevention programme.

Tackling human trafficking in Myanmar

Thursday, January 3, 2019

In 2005, Myanmar passed an anti-trafficking law, but trafficking is still rampant in the conflict-affected state, especially in the northern region, where it borders China. A UN Women programme is supporting local partner, Htoi Gender and Development Foundation, in providing legal support and vocational training to survivors.

Press release: Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York visits UN Trust Fund grantees in Serbia

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Princess Eugenie of York visited grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) in Belgrade, Serbia and was introduced to the work of organizations that are changing the lives of victims/survivors of trafficking in persons for the better.

In the words of Spartak Kosta: “The media should raise awareness about the issue of trafficking of women and girls”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Spartak Kosta is a third-year journalism student at the University of History and Philology in Tirana, Albania. He was among the first group of students to take a new university course on the reporting of trafficking of women and girls. The educational course was developed at the recommendation of a UN Women monitoring report. The study finds that journalists often write shallow trafficking stories that lack deep analysis and use unethical language with regards to victims.

In the words of Marija Andjelkovic: “The girls are getting younger…poverty is driving trafficking in persons”

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

In the 1990s, Marija Andjelkovic worked at a call centre for girls experiencing violence, when she received a training on human trafficking. In those days, trafficking was not a known, researched and understood phenomenon in Serbia which left an institutional vacuum in addressing the needs of survivors. She was one of the first civil society activists to raise the issue of human trafficking in the Balkan region, and went on to become the founder and Director of the Serbian NGO, ASTRA-Anti trafficking action.

Executive Director’s blog series: Human trafficking

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Part 11 in a 16-part blog series by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

In the words of Luiza Karimova: “We were sex slaves”

Monday, February 20, 2017

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to find work. In Kyrgyzstan, she was sold into sex slavery and trafficked into Dubai. After 18 months, she was arrested and sent to jail. Today, Karimova works with Podruga, an organization based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, which is supported by UN Women. Podruga works to end violence against women and assists women subjected to sex and drug trafficking.

Rebuilding lives after Boko Haram

Monday, August 1, 2016

More than 2,000 girls and women have been abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. The international community continues to advocate for their safe return. But after the girls are back, what happens to them? What happens to the children of rape and their young mothers? Hussaina Dahiru, from north-east Nigeria escaped Boko Haram, but tragically died at child birth. A programme by UN Women is working with girls and women who have survived Boko Haram’s attacks and making sure that the humanitarian response addresses their specific and unique needs.

Breaking the cycle of human trafficking in Albania

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

To support women and girl survivors of trafficking, UN Women in Albania has been supporting service-providers in shelters with capacity-building and salary subsidies under the project “Preventing and addressing violence against women and girls in Albania”, implemented by UN Women with funding from the European Union.

Advocacy and laws confront trafficking across the Arab States

Thursday, March 3, 2016

A three-year anti-trafficking programme supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is boosting legal enforcement against the crime in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Friday, November 20, 2015

In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”.

New draft law to combat human trafficking brings hope in Morocco

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Experts believe adopting the new anti-trafficking law will make it easier for authorities to investigate and prosecute this widespread crime.

Statement of the Executive Director of UN Women for the 500th day since the Chibok kidnappings

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This week, 500 days will have passed since the kidnapping of more than 200 girls from their hostel in Chibok, northern Nigeria. In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for the global community to do more to protect girls, as well as boys, and prevent the spread of extremist groups such as Boko Haram.

Statement of the Executive Director of UN Women on the one-year anniversary of the Chibok kidnappings

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In a statement on the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says their imprisonment is a stark reminder of the ongoing impunity that accompanies this type of violence. She urges the global community to work together to adopt a coordinated response that addresses the drivers of extremist violence.

UN Women statement on the occasion of the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As the world observes the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says we must redouble our efforts to stamp out trafficking in persons, to return hope to those who have suffered this injustice and to build a future where these crimes no longer threaten any person, anywhere.

Press Release: "We Just Keep Silent": A report on gender-based violence among Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Monday, April 28, 2014

UN Women has launched a new report on gender-based violence among Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq which reveals increased levels of intimate partner violence, high levels of sexual harassment by employers and taxi drivers, and a significant number of reports of sexual commercial transactions inside and outside camps. Almost all men also reported feeling afraid for the safety of their wives and daughters.

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