“Good afternoon – My name is Yvonne Rafferty and I represent the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues at the UN and I speak here today as a member of the Working Group on Girls. As you have noted, the global enslavement of children today affects countless numbers of victims who are routinely bought, sold, and resold for criminal purposes, labor, or sexual exploitation. However, the most powerful predictor of being trafficked as a child is being female. All over the world, girls are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked into the sex slave. Research has documented the numerous physical health problems and mental health problems affecting children who have been trafficked. In terms of recovery, psychosocial rehabilitation is vital. At the same times the international dimensions of discrimination and violence against girls must be addressed. As a result of discriminatory attitudes and behaviors, girls have fewer opportunities than boys and are less likely than their male peers to have decision-making control over their lives. We urge the UN and member states identify, share, and promote effective policies and practices where gender sensitive and human rights-based approaches are used to challenge gender-based violence and harmful practices. Thank you.”
A new report on Child Marriage by Catherine Turner – Anti-Slavery International – was published in April 2013, entitled ‘Out of the Shadows’ Child Marriage and Slavery. The executive summary is available here and you can check out the full report here Check this against the WGG Child Marriage Fact Sheet.
World Pulse announces its ‘Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign… We invite you to join us in uniting voices of girls, young women, and their champions who are breaking through barriers so that girls everywhere will have access to education, and the opportunity to transform the world.”
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Cheryl Saban, author and advocate for women and children writes “One of the most impressive events I’ve attended thus far was The Girls Tribunal on Violence: Bearing Witness to Girls’ Activism. It was as compelling as it was impactful. These young activists made me feel stronger just sitting in the room. The program was presented by high school girls from around the world, and was mediated by Jurists Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Abigail Disney, Dan Seymour, and Faith Nenkai Metiaki.
Read the full article from the Huffington Post
Eileen Reilly, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame writes ‘we had a delegation of 17 to the first week of the CSW: 11 University students, 3 faculty members, our communications director, our justice and peace coordinator and me.’ Check out this great video