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Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking

Hilary Moran was recently invited by the Action for Churches Together Scotland (ACTS) Anti-Human Trafficking group to attend a symposium and conference they had organised to discuss what can be and is being done to combat human trafficking.

 

The opening address at the symposium was given by Dr. Aidan McQuade, who is the director of the organisation Anti-slavery International; he also gave the key note address at the conference. Matthew Ross chair of ACTS chaired some of the sessions. Jonathan Roberts from the Salvation Army led a reflection at the conference on ‘Why should we care about human trafficking’.

 

Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. Modern day slavery is principally a social justice issue, which means it is caused by the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. The reason for human trafficking is poverty.  

 

We looked at many Biblical references which demonstrated to us as Christians as to why we felt compelled to stand up and try to make a difference. It was recognised by us as a group that anyone who has empathy can also want to make a difference.

 

We also looked at why there are so few prosecutions despite many countries having human trafficking legislation.

 

Read Hilary’s full report and download an article suitable for publishing in church magazines by clicking here.

 

 

Bye Buy Childhood Campaign

In March 2015, Mother’s Union has published the latest report about the Bye Buy Childhood Campaign.  The 2015 report highlights new research findings, along with the results of in-depth interviews with a number of parents, and calls for continued support for and investment in this area from government.

 

Over the past decade, Mothers’ Union has played a significant role in speaking out against the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood, and the impact it can have on children and their families.  Whilst progress has been made in this area, there is evidence that advertising and marketing continue to be the backdrop to the lives of children and young people with spending on all marketing and advertising in the UK having risen steadily over the past 14 years.

 

Click here to download the campaign report and the supporting engagement pack. The link takes you to the Bye Buy Campaign website where you can learn more about the campaign as well as accessing the resources mentioned above.

 

 

Ending Prostitution and Human Trafficking

 

Click here to find out more about the campaign

 

 

 

"Souls of Our Shoes"

Faith Communities Working Together

to Tackle Domestic Abuse

   

The shoes in this exhibition speak on behalf of abused individuals who suffer and some who die at the hands of their partner. Other comments come from those who journey with them. Their reflections represent a faith perspective.

 

“It is God's intention for all human beings, male, female, child and adult, to enjoy safety, freedom, dignity and fullness of life. Abuse in the home is a violation of God's wish for humanity as it can adversely affect an individual's relationship with God and also creates substantial damage in the family, in the community and in society as a whole.” (From the Inter-Faith Statement)

 

With timely help, many can escape from their abusive situation, rebuild their confidence and live in safety.

 

This exhibition has been adapted from the '104 pairs of shoes' initiated by the YWCA. It is now available in two versions. One is an exhibition of shoes and the other a picture exhibition, which may be more suitable for a small venue.

 

Further information is available on the Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse website (Please click here).  If you would like to host the exhibition yourself, please contact the Group. Their contact details are on their website at this link. There is no charge for using the exhibition in either format.

 

The Scottish Womens’ Aid website has resources supporting the campaign against domestic abuse.

 

The resources page of this website is well worth a look. Some of our branches hold events during the 16 days of Activism on Violence Against Women (25th November – 8th December each year).

 

Jean Richardson, Provincial President, with one of the pledges from the 16 Days of Activism

 

 

 

 

 

 

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