Each year Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Persons (ACRATH) participates in the United Nation’s 16 Days Campaign to end gender-based violence. The campaign begins on 25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on 10th December, Human Rights Day.
Human trafficking, a $150 billion global industry, is one of the greatest examples of violence against women and girls. Millions of women and girls are forced to marry or to work in slave-like conditions for little, or no pay and, no chance of an education.
Our congregational leader, Stancea Vichie MSS, has been a member of ACRATH for many years now. ACRATH provides an invaluable amount of information, resources, research and evaluation, and actions we can take throughout the year to assist in the fight against human trafficking and slavery.
As part of the 16-days campaign, ACRATH is holding two special online lunchtime events.
Webinar 1: Looking Into Australia’s Slavery Past
Date & Time: 2nd December 2020, 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Register here.
Webinar 2: Prayer and Reflection Gathering
Date & Time: 10th December 2020 (Human rights day), 1:00pm – 1:30pm | Register here.
There is a large variety of resources for communities, workplaces, parishes or schools, including a poster, reflections, and practical actions.
For all resources and zoom links to the two events, go to https://acrath.org.au/take-action/16-days/
For those of you who are particularly interested in the work of ACRATH in eliminating human trafficking, read their November Newsletter here.