Alliance Anti Trafic Flash News

A voice of a girl from Thailand has been heard in one of the adult World events. This voice belongs to Ms. Sasima or Gib, 17, a member of the youth group whom they called themselves “Khongjiam Save Girl & Betty Group”. Created by AAT, this youth group from Ubon Ratchathani province have been carrying out activities to prevent human trafficking in their communities, schools and at the border where high rate of migration occur.

On 28th of September, Gib was selected as one of the two kids to speak out at the UN event, the Day of General Discussion of Committee of the Rights of the Child, in Geneva, Switzerland. She presented the situation and gave the recommendations to the meeting floor. Gib illustrated the vulnerability of stateless children and stated that that any child should have nationality. Moreover, she spoke about the condition of children in detention whom should be treated as children and separated from adults. Also, Gib stated that adults should make sure that children who are travelling are safe and protected.

At the United Nations.

At the United Nations.

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At the Meeting.

‘It is pity that adults did not show more attention to children’s voices in this children issue meeting as aside from the 5-minute planned speech of Gib and their interest on the issue she raised about children in detention, Gib had been given no other chances to participate.’

Now, Gib is back in school. She has a lot to tell her friends and teachers. This is such a great experience for her. And we would like to thank Save the Children UK who created this huge opportunity for her and the youth group. We do hope that their voices will be heard and they can have safe spaces in this world!

 

Day of General Discussion

The Day of General Discussion is an annual event which takes place in September each year by the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child. The objective of the conference is to give the recommendations to the member governments in order that they can implement or take action to protect children.

Each year the Committee set the topic for this annual meeting. They first started the discussion in 1992. Up until now, there are several topic discussed such as Children in armed conflicts, the rights of indigenous children. Today, the theme of this year is ‘International Migration’ which is in accordance to the trend of Children On The Move.

This action is supported by: Save The Chilren

The Youth Group actions are currently supported by: Kinder Not HILFE

In collaboration with: Manoe Unidas , The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission, Kinder Missionwerk DIE STERNSINGER & STOP Kindermisbruik

The above article first appeared in Alliance Anti Trafic Flash News.

Girl Revolution and the Butterfly Effect

Asian Girl Campaign Butterfly Hand GestureThe universally recognized butterfly hand gesture has been named the official hand symbol of the Asian Girl Campaign. The campaign, which seeks to make the world a better place through the empowerment of girls, was established in 2012 by the Garden of Hope Foundation to promote the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl, which falls on October 11 every year.

Change Leads to Change

The butterfly gesture was chosen for the Asian Girl Campaign because the changes butterflies go through in their lives symbolize the journey abused girls take during their recovery. Personal change leads to change in society and change in society leads to personal change, and if this happens enough, it can grow into a revolution. The Garden of Hope Foundation is hoping the new butterfly hand gesture will help create a “change to change” revolution for girls across Asia.

Metamorphosis 

Just as colorful butterflies begin their lives as ugly caterpillars, many girls across Asia live ugly lives of discrimination and abuse. When they begin to receive help, they enter cocoons of protection against violence, therapy and shelter. Just like butterflies, they transform inside their cocoons and emerge as very different creatures.

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When butterflies leave their cocoons, they are free from their old lives and can fly wherever they want. They are not safe from danger, though, as their delicate wings leave them vulnerable. Hence, butterflies, and girls, too, should unite to find safety in numbers.

Asian Girl Campaign Butterfly

Asian Girl Campaign Butterfly

The final reason the butterfly is a good symbol for the Asian Girl Campaign is something called the butterfly effect. Although a butterfly flapping its wings is not very powerful, the energy produced by a group of butterflies could cause a change on the other side of the world.

Girl Revolution

Girls may not appear to be strong or influential, but their actions can have wide-reaching consequences. If enough of them join together, there’s no limit to changes they can produce in the world.

Butterfly Group

Hsin-hsin Yang (International Judge of Asian Girls’ Rights Award 2013 & 2014)

East Asia_Taiwan_楊欣欣 Hsin-hsin YangHsin-hsin Yang is Lieutenant Governor of District 31 (Taiwan) of Zonta International, a global organization striving to advance the status of women worldwide. Zonta International, formed in 1919, has provided training, education, health, sanitation, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women, primarily through projects implemented by the agencies of the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations. Its 2012-2014 international service projects include Liberia Fistula Program and Elimination of New Pediatric HIV Infection and Prevention and Response to Survivors of Domestic and Gender Based Violence in Rwanda. Zonta, based in Chicago, also makes efforts to protect the human rights of girls and women and reduce violence against them. It also offers scholarships to young women studying in the fields of aeronautics, engineering, and business and awards young women who distinguish themselves in public service. District 31 supports Zonta’s causes through donations and active involvement in various local, regional and international service programs assisting underprivileged women.

Mrs. Yang has been teaching journalism at National Taiwan University part-time since 1999 with focus on reading, translating and writing news in English to share with young people her reporting, translating and writing experiences. She had been correspondent/manager of the Taiwan Bureau of Agence France-Presse, a Paris-based international news agency. After 30 years of journalist career – first working for China Post in Taiwan and later AFP – Mrs. Yang retired to devote more time to education and social service work. She regularly helps young people who are eager to start a career in journalism and also serves as consultant for several media firms.