I am now going to write about an issue I have chosen as my heart cause.
Collaboration with Survivors network – SN, Cameroon. The founding director of this organization is Awah Francisca Mbui. She has taught me so much about their work and I would like to share it with you.
Awah Franciska is the woman all the way to the right in this photo. She is an 2018 Obama Africa young leader fellow, who was on this panel with president Obama. This was in October 2019, at the Obama foundation annual summit in Chicago.
Human trafficking for the purposes of forced labour or sexual exploitation is the third largest crime industry in the world, behind drugs and arms trafficking. Almost three quarters of human trafficking victims in the world are estimated to be women, girls and children.
To prevent trafficking which falls under target 8.7 of the 17 SDGs (sustainable Development Goals) and cuts across many of the other SDGs, women are the most vulnerable to this abuse. These women need vocational training to build work skills so that they can become self-sufficient in their home countries. Microfinance can help those who have skills to start businesses. However, even more than that is necessary. There needs to be social and economic empowerment and recognition that men cannot control women’s futures. Co-ops are a great example of one way that anti-trafficking organizations have historically impacted many women’s paths to self-sufficiency.
When it comes to communities, awareness campaigns about human trafficking and modern day slavery can help to educate and protect people of all ages. Grassroots activities in towns, schools, churches, bus stops, radio, television, internet and social media all contribute to education and increase the possibility that a bystander will intervene or an abuser will think twice.
This in no way, diminishes the importance of rescuing and caring for the 40 million people who are currently enslaved. It is especially important that once victims are rescued, they have a supportive network and infrastructure that they can lean on to prevent being re-trafficked.
When all these preventive methods are met, it will help combat human trafficking and all its abuses validate our efforts and amplify our ability fight this terrible crime.
Although we are just beginning the anti-trafficking movement in Cameroon, I know that together, we can end this modern day slavery.
Here is a link to Survivors Network - SN Cameroon's facebook page.
All pictures in this post is taken by Awah which she sent to me.
A big hug from Andrea Nicole <3
Ps: If you or anyone you know wants to collaborate, please feel free to contact.
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