Today, we stand with victims as the United Nations marks World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
Human trafficking is a global issue known all over the world today, and it is something that we cannot accept as Zontians. It is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labor and human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation.
In 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging governments to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat trafficking. In 2013, Member States adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated 30 July as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”
Zonta International stands behind this effort through a new project we are supporting this biennium in partnership with UN Women, Creating Sustainable Foundations for Addressing Human Trafficking and Unsafe Migration of Women and Girls in Nepal.
Nepal has been a country of origin for labor migration and human trafficking for years. However, since the 2015 earthquakes that devastated the region, women in Nepal now face a heightened risk of trafficking. With Nepal’s government committed to combating trafficking, UN Women is implementing a legislative and policy framework to address the connection between migration and trafficking, while equipping women at risk with livelihood skills, opportunities for economic empowerment, and psychosocial counseling.
Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking. Zonta International is an organization empowering women at the global and local levels, and promoting justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
In 2002, the Zonta International Convention adopted a Resolution on Trafficking to support the ratification of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime; and, in 2016, Zonta International published a Position Paper on Trafficking in Persons to call on governments to take concrete actions to end trafficking. To learn more, please click here to read our Position Paper on Trafficking in Persons and urge your governments to take action today.