Sri. Th. Shyamkumar, Honourable Minister Housing and Urban Development, Manipur (MaHUD) unveiled 'Lily' on 16th May 2017, during the Shirui Lily Festival
Lily(after the state flower, Shirui Lily), FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS)'s mascot for its anti trafficking programme was unveiled by Sri. Th. Shyamkumar, Honourable MaHUD Minister on 16th May 2017, during the Shirui Lily Festival, the biggest cultural extravaganza in Manipur, held for the first time at Ukhrul. He applauded this FXBIS movement against human trafficking and child sexual abuse saying "It is a great initiative and the Government is happy to see it go along. A mascot of this type is a first of its kind in the state of Manipur. I am confident Lily will give out a strong message to end the child violence".
FXBIS in collaboration with ECPAT Luxembourg, is implementing an anti child trafficking intervention project 'MUKTI' (freedom) in Manipur state, India since October, 2015. This comprehensive community-driven intervention so far has directly reached out to over 18377 people in Ukhrul and Imphal districts. The program aims to empower children and women, local communities and district administration and build their capacities to effectively counter child trafficking. Manipur is emerging as a major transit point for cross-border human trafficking and other forms of organized crime from Southeast Asia. Using a bottom up approach MUKTI aims to reduce vulnerabilities of 30,000 women and children from being victims of human trafficking.
Lily will be an ambassador will stand for human rights and dignity of the people of Manipur. FXBIS not only assists people who find themselves in distress but also aware communities against human trafficking and child sexual abuse. In pursuance of that goal, FXBIS has developed Lily, who will symbolize this crusade against violence on women and children. Lily will be the local face who will strengthen the dissemination of the messages on the issues of trafficking & child sexual abuse among the target audience. Being strongly rooted in local customs and traditions Lily will reinforce the key messages in the project locations in Manipur through varied media including posters/pamphlets, hoardings, badges, Audio/Visual (Radio/TV), wall paintings and street plays. Lily will create a brand and coalesce efforts opinions and perspectives on how to combat trafficking, thereby unifying all stakeholders.
LILY helps people fight human trafficking
Lily would be the carrier of knowledge, an activist who disseminates information and is an active messenger of unity who would establish connection with community members and stakeholders to make them aware about child trafficking and child sexual abuse. On being presented with the image of Lily, the Hon. Chief Minister of Manipur, Mr. N. Biren Singh extended his support and encouragement in ensuring an end to trafficking in the state. 'There is a 'Lily' in each one of us. We aim to make this a 'people's movement' where each one of us will rekindle the dormant Lily in us and jointly fight this menace of human trafficking and child abuse in Manipur', says Mamta Borgoyary, CEO, FXB India Suraksha.
FXB India Suraksha presents 'LILY' to the Hon. Chief Minister of Manipur, Mr. N. Biren Singh
As an integral part of the Mukti initiative of FXBIS (supported by ECPAT Luxembourg) Lily will work towards reducing vulnerabilities among women and girls and make information related to trafficking and sexual abuse a part of everyday conversations. This we believe will be key to decrease the rate of child/human trafficking and the creation of a safe and empathetic space for children/adolescents.
Learn more about Lily's mission and Mukti : https://www.flickr.com/photos/88471363@N07/albums/72157663915443055