30 July 2015 will mark the annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons. In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly (UN GA) adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging Governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge. The Plan calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the UN’s broader programs in order to boost development and strengthen security worldwide. One of the crucial provisions in the Plan is the establishment of a UN Voluntary Trust Fund for victims of trafficking, especially women and children. In 2013, the General Assembly held a high-level meeting to appraise the Global Plan of Action. Member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”
Graduated Women International (GWI) has finalized publication of its policy paper on human trafficking highlighting recommendations to help combat the gross violation of human rights inherent in trafficking, which particularly affects women and children.
Read more about other GWI’s policy papers on the following topics: Gender-based Non-State Actor Torture; Child, early and forced marriage; Prostitution of Women and Girls; Globalisation; Protection of women and children in war; Violence-free family life; Incest; and Safe Access to Education.