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30th July 2014: World Day against Trafficking in Persons

 

On 30 July 2014 the United Nations will mark the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The day is aimed at raising awareness around this global issue and to highlight the plight of the millions of women, men and children who are victims of trafficking from all corners of the world, as well as at encouraging people to take action against this crime.
Being the inaugural World Day, they have planned a number of public information materials and activities using both traditional and social media. They have used the existing Blue Heart in the core of their ideas as well as branding, since it is fast-becoming the internationally recognised symbol in the fight against human trafficking as campaign gains support throughout the world.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has developed the following materials for the World Day against Trafficking in Persons Campaign:

  • World Day Campaign website which houses the materials: www.endHT.org
  • World Day logo in various languages (see website)
  • Leaflet on the World Day with facts about human trafficking
  • Messages from Secretary General and UNODC Executive Director (Forthcoming)
  • Social Media Outreach Campaign: #igivehope through Facebook and Twitter

This year they have decided to engage people and civil society organizations to participate actively via social media to mark the World Day. With the insight that human traffickers prey on hope, the social media leg of the campaign will ask people around the world ahead and on 30 July to ‘give hope’ to show their solidarity with victims of human trafficking.
Using the hashtag #igivehope, they invite you to share pictures of yourselves and members of your organization making the internationally recognised gesture of two hands forming a heart. These will all be collected and used in a video on the above campaign website.
Please click here to read about I Give Hope Campaign

UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons

 

On 30th July 2014, the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons will be launching its second call for proposals under its Small Grants Facility. The call will be open to all NGOs that fulfil the eligibility criteria for this call for proposals. The call will be open for a period of two months and so proposals have to be submitted at latest on 30 September 2014.
Please take note that all the information related to this call, including eligibility criteria, guidelines and application package is on the website of the Trust Fund at: www.unodc.org/humantraffickingfund.

ACRATH Online Education Resource

 

This educational resource has been prepared for secondary school teachers to assist you in educating and raising consciousness about the issue of human trafficking.
Developed as 4-step process for teaching about human trafficking: Introduction – Information – Recognition – Action, each step in the process is crucial and requires completion as students move through the learning cycle to a deepened understanding of the issue of modern day slavery and a commitment to action.
The resource has five aims:

  • To educate and raise consciousness about human trafficking
  • To provide a process for teaching about human trafficking
  • To invite reflection on the issue of human trafficking
  • To encourage action to address the issue of human trafficking
  • To invite transformation in attitude on the issue of human trafficking

 
To access the education resource click on the links below:
ACRATH-Education-Resource-Teacher-Background
ACRATH-Education-Resource-Step-1
ACRATH-Education-Resource-Step-2
ACRATH-Education-Resource-Step-3
ACRATH-Education-Resource-Step-4
 
Source of information: ACRATH

New Communications Person appointed by RENATE

 

Anne Kelleher, Communications Person appointed by RENATE
Anne Kelleher, Communications Person appointed by RENATE

Anne Kelleher joins us as the Communications Person. Anne is a teacher by profession and comes to this post having had a wide range of experiences within the education sector and also within parish life. Anne is married to John and they have two children who are now young adults, in their early twenties.  They live in Kildare, Ireland, 40 kms form Dublin.
Anne began her teaching career with the De La Salle Brothers in Kildare Town, followed by spending two years training teachers in the curriculum area of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE).
Her interest in the impact of quality teacher-education on the lives of students and their families, was a significant reason for appointing Anne in 1997 as the first Director of Kildare Education Support Centre for teachers.
Anne graduated with an M.St. Hons, (Educational Leadership & Management) from Trinity College, Dublin in 1997, where she continues to lecture part-time in the Masters Programme.
In 2007, Anne was appointed CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of  Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust (CEIST). One of the major tasks was to uphold the ethos and standards which five Religious Congregations had contributed to Catholic Education in Ireland. This was particularly urgent as the decline in religious vocations will make a significant difference to educational provision into the future.
Anne’s strengths in communication and networking capabilities have seen her as an active member of numerous bodies and organisations, in working to make a difference in the lives of others. Many of these Bodies were in the field of education as well as parish & community activities.
Anne is also involved with Feile Bride Cairde , a centre run by the Brigidine sisters in Kildare, Ireland. She is responsible for specific work in providing for the Annual Celtic Heritage Lecture series, sourcing national and international speakers with a particular focus on the Spirituality of the human person.
Catholic Social Teaching has hugely influenced Anne’s life, informing her practice and decisions. Her career and lifestyle choices have all been shaped by a deep Faith and belief in the view that we are all called to respond to our baptismal commitment and work to ensure the dignity of the human person. Precisely because of this, Anne felt drawn to the Ministry of  RENATE and hopes that she can contribute to the Vision and Mission of RENATE, in the prevention of Human Trafficking and the exploitation of people.
With her broad experience and capacity to network, we are delighted to welcome Anne to the RENATE team and hope that her time with us will be of great benefit to all who unite in the work of Anti-Human Trafficking.