CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE: WOMEN VIGILANCE IN ACTION TO COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN & CHILDREN
Through local NGOs Rights Jessore & ACD , Sanjog Bangladesh facilitated women led anti trafficking program in the six districts along the Indo-Bangladesh border, was based on the hypotheses that most children and women who get trafficked whilst migrating do so either under distressed circumstances or in an unsafe manner. However, in small, rural communities, women are usually aware of family conflicts or distressful situations in families which trigger migration, or of the risk of relatives or ‘trusted people’ who may be migrants to India, offering jobs or organizing marriages for young girls. If, therefore, in a village, women’s groups were to be formed and collectivized with the mandate of addressing vulnerability and violence against children and women in the community, and were empowered to be responsive in such situations, they would earn the trust of women and adolescents who needed help, and act as a safety net in crisis situations.
- Program vision: The program looks at creating social equity for children and strengthening community power to protect women & children from domestic violence or social injustice thus being trafficked for prostitution or labour.
- NGOs in local Action:
- Rights Jessore
- Association for Community Development (ACD)
- Geographical Location: There In the 9 districts that border with India, from Satkhira, Jessore, Chuadanga, Meherpur, Khushtia and Jhenaidah to Naogaon, Rajshahi and Chapai Nawabgunge.