Last month, the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW), a Global Fund grantee, hosted its triennial international conference in Bangkok, Thailand. GAATW is a dynamic alliance of over 80 NGOs and self-organized groups working on anti-trafficking, migrant labor rights and women's rights.
The conference brought together more than 130 activists from 41 countries to discuss migration, labor and trafficking from a rights based perspective.
Attendees also had an opportunity to review the UN's Trafficking Protocol that was adopted seven years ago.
GAATW's International Coordinator Bandana Pattanaik presented GAATW’s recent research report, Collateral Damage, which compiles perspectives of activists and researchers from Brazil, India, Nigeria, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the US and the UK. Dechen Tsering, Global Fund's Program Officer for Asia and Oceania attended and presented at the conference.
Yet another conference highlight was an exhibition, Creating Change. Through photographs and narratives, the exhibition brought much-needed visibility to the work on ground of self-organized groups of trafficking survivors, migrant workers, domestic workers and sex workers in Asia.
Read the report released and discussed at the conference.
Photo: GAATW delegates at the conference. Photo Courtesy: GAATW