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by Velta Upeslacis
While attending the 58th Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014, I learned about various NGO's and how they are contributing to women's empowerment both nationally and worldwide.
I recently attended a conference "Changing the Conversation" where the Rev. Mark Koenig , director of the was a prominent speaker. In a small group discussion, he told us about a bright, hand-woven luggage tag that he had which is sold by ECPAT-USA for a mere $12. ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) made a powerful impact on me when I learned about it at the ...
by Max Hill
In March, the United Nations and UNICEF launched an initiative to end the use of children as security forces by governments. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui launched the initiative. This campaign is known as Children, Not Soldiers.
This initiative is a call to action that highlights the importance of allowing all children of the world to have the chance to grow up without being recruited and used as soldiers. In his announcement of the initiative, the Secretary-General stated, “children should be armed with pens and textbooks, not guns ...
by Grace Segers
On June 12, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations will be supporting the International Labour Organization’s Red Card to Child Labour campaign. The ILO reports there are an estimated 168 million child workers in the world. These children suffer abuse as sweatshop workers, miners, child soldiers, sex workers, or in other horrific and inhumane positions. The Red Card to Child Labour initiative is an attempt to raise awareness of these children’s plight through social media.
The Red Card campaign will culminate on June 12 with a Thunderclap message. Thunderclap allows various organizations and people ...
On January 15, 2014, St. Lucia ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.
Estonia ratified on February 12, 2014 It is a great start to 2014, as we move forward in raising awareness internationally to protect children from being exploited as soldiers.
This raises to 28 the number of United Nations member states that have ratified the Optional Protocol since Presbyterians became involved in the Red Hands Campaign. There are still 39 United Nations member states left to ratify.
Every effort counts. Keep your Red Hands ...
There is a lot of talk about the Super Bowl and human trafficking. In our community, here in New York City, voices are being raised, actions are happening! The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Human Trafficking Roundtable and partners have been careful not to conflate human trafficking with prostitution: while some prostitution is trafficking, not all is.
Our partners in at the Freedom Network USA have responded with a press release that addresses the question of sex trafficking and the Super Bowl and other large sporting events.
We commend the increase in talk about human trafficking, but remind people to ...