Awareness against Human Trafficking Workshop held in Kenya.
Press Release from Kenya, Nairobi:
Awareness Against Human Trafficking
“Stop Human Trafficking. We can all do something”. Like the new Constitution we all have some vital contribution to make. From 20th-22nd August 2010 a first ever “Training of Trainers Programme” to create awareness teams to tackle Human Trafficking in Kenya was held in Karen , Nairobi.
The “Awareness Against Human Trafficking” HAART Team initiated this process. Participants represented Nairobi, SOLWODI- “Solidarity with Women in Distress” Mombasa, Bungoma, Machakos and Eldoret. It brought together both Christians and non Christians who share a common concern at the increase of the issue.
The programme was aimed at providing a background to Human Trafficking especially “What it is” and “What it is not”? Legislation in this area was integrated into the process. Human Trafficking was first seen in a global focus followed by variations found in Africa and what is actually happening in Kenya today.
In Kenya, the problem is focussed mainly on sexual exploitation, forced labour-young girls as house maids and boys as cattle herders - together with the sale of sexual organs for witchcraft.
The group were offered facts and information in order to prepare awareness campaigns of their own. This included a CD of the all the printed matter used together with a DVD called “Wanjiku” which has been made locally and illustrates how human trafficking happening to young women.
The participants were grouped according to areas; these would be their base teams whose progress will be monitored and support provided. “The Pastoral or Learning Circle” was used as tool for collecting information at all levels, listening, seeing, reflecting and evaluating on an actual problem. They were also given training in presentation for the Workshops together with how to gather information which is also necessary. Lack of information in this area is a challenge to its eradication. Networking is a vital issue throughout Kenya and beyond if we are to effect a change in this area. It challenges us all to remember “We are all made in God's image” and deserve to be respected and given our human rights.
“Awareness Against Human Trafficking” Haart Team, Kenya.
24th April 2010.