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Joint Response to the Draft CEDAW General Recommendation on Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration

May 2020

Submitted by 19 individuals and organisations, including IWRAW Asia Pacific, this six-page PDF outlines key concerns on, and requests changes to, the draft General Recommendation which was shared by the CEDAW Committee in March 2020.

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TB-Net Statement on the Covid-19 Pandemic and UN Treaty Bodies

April 2020

This two-page statement from TB-Net, of which IWRAW Asia Pacific is a member, calls for the United Nations treaty bodies to resume their important work as soon as possible, and ensure the continued meaningful engagement of civil society representatives with the treaty bodies.  

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FACT Manifesto

April 2020

The Manifesto on Feminist Approaches to Counter Trafficking (FACT Manifesto) is based upon and builds on the extensive feminist analysis and writing by activists and scholars who have long critiqued globally dominant narratives on the issue of trafficking in women, recognising that they stem from sexist, racist, heteronormative, patriarchal and neoliberal conceptions of women, labour […]

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Addressing Human Trafficking: The Case for Open Borders

2020

Samuel Okyere of the University of Bristol discusses the obstacles to safe and accessible means of migration which keep traffickers in business. Duration: 5:07 Subtitles: English

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From ‘Stop Migration’ to Safe Migration

2020

Pooja of Srijan Foundation and the Jharkhand Anti-Trafficking Network makes the case that there are no benefits to the ‘stop migration’ approach because people will always seek to migrate if there are insufficient opportunities at home, and recommends an end to protectionist policies in order to empower women. Duration: 9:27 Subtitles: English

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Demanding Accountability for Human Trafficking in the Global Economy

2020

Sanyu Awori from the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre explains how trafficking and related exploitation occur not only as a result of transnational criminal networks, but also as part of the operation of legitimate business. Duration: 3:51 Subtitles: English

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Distinguishing Between Migrant Sex Workers and Trafficking Victims

2020

Phelister Abdallah of KESWA describes how sex workers in Kenya are organising in the fight against human trafficking. Duration: 4:52 Subtitles: English

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Trafficking at the Intersections of Gender, Migration, Labour and Development

2020

Borislav Gerasimov of the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women discusses the importance of different international legal frameworks and the need to ensure complementarity in addressing human trafficking. Duration: 4:26 Subtitles: English

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A Rights-Based Approach to Trafficking

2020

Archana Kotecha of Liberty Shared explains why a cross-border, cross-sector and cross-disciplinary countertrafficking movement is crucial, and why victim care must take priority. Duration: 5:11 Subtitles: English

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Analysing the Structural and Systemic Causes of Trafficking in the Context of Global Migration

2020

In December 2019, IWRAW Asia Pacific held a global convening in Nairobi which brought together experts from around the world to discuss trafficking in the context of global migration, to make recommendations for the forthcoming CEDAW General Recommendation on the topic, and to come up with a Feminist Anti-Trafficking Manifesto. This outcome video features Priyanthi […]

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