India remains one of the important source, transit and a destination country for human trafficking and majority of trafficking in India is internal. Though it is universally accepted that the root causes of trafficking especially in India is due to poor socio-economic factors and the added marginalization of women due to patriarchal society that limits their economic and social empowerment, it is also clear that there is a dis-balance in terms of interventions to address this root cause.
FXB India Suraksha with vast experience in implementing interventions at source that build capacities of women and young girls and creates a secure future for children, in partnership with ARZ- one of the pioneer organizations who have demonstrated technical skills in the area of Trafficking, is jointly implementing the Suraksha program in Jharkhand supported by UN women India.
The Suraksha program has adopted a multidimensional and multi-sectoral, integrated approach through capacity building trainings which links long-term interventions with more immediately implementable actions.
Action against Human Trafficking
A Three day residential workshop for adolescent tribal girls in Ranchi, Jharkhand
What happens to a girl once she is taken to the city? Why do the boys want to take young girls to the city? Serious thought provoking questions like this surfaced during the recently held workshop with more than 60 adolescent girls from the remote tribal areas who participated in this three day residential workshop on building awaremess against human trafficking and unsafe migration, organised by FXB India Suraksha. The three days residential workshop “Jagek Bera” was hosted at State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Jharkhand, Ranchi from 3-5th June 2013.
Held in partnership with the State Commission for Women, Jharkhand with support from UN WOMEN and ARZ, the workshop aimed at empowering and building capacities in adolescent girls in prevention of trafficking and unsafe migration.
Addressing the inaugural, R P Singh, Director,SIRD shared that lack of awareness and education as the reasons that makes women and girls vulnerable." I feel delighted that FXB India Suraksha has organised such a workshop where adolescent girls who are the women of tomorrow will gain knowledge and awareness on ways to reduce their vulnerability to trafficking", he said.
The three-day program enabled the adolescent girls and volunteers from different village to bond with each other in fighting towards the prevention of trafficking in their areas. Girls were sensitized towards gender issues, sexuality, adolescent changes and vulnerability to trafficking and unsafe migration. About 60 participants and volunteers, all adolescent girls, attended the workshop from 10 villages of Namkum block in Hurua panchayat, Ranchi.
The workshop engaged the participants through small group discussions, case discussions, role play, team building games, case studies, video clippings screening and interpersonal exercises. The different activities facilitated the participants to share, express their concerns on trafficking, gain skills in handling issues and emotions during the adolescents phase.
The interactive sessions on understanding adolescents physical and emotional changes, gender and sexuality, meaning of trafficking etc, helped the participants better their understanding of the subject. The sessions were also followed by some question and answers that reaffirmed their learning's in the workshop.
Presence of Dr Hemlata S. Mohan, Chairperson at State Commission for Women, Jharkhand and Anil Kumar Dwivedi, Police Inspector, Ranchi, made the participants feel approachable to the authorities. The presence of government officials also added strength to this drive against preventing trafficking of adolescent girls.
The workshop ended at a positive note as the participants decided on few things like not to leave village without informing others, preventing others to leave village in a suspicious manner and spreading the words against trafficking and gender issues through street plays, drama and mimes. The fact that such self-imposed resolutions came up from the participants itself signaled that the aim of the workshop had been well fulfilled.
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