The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) will organise a webinar titled ‘Towards Wider Partnerships for Combating Trafficking in Women and Girls amidst COVID-19’ as part of its efforts to highlight human trafficking and modern-day slavery that have been exacerbated since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Scheduled for Thursday 1 October 2020 from 12:00 to 14:00 (12 PM to 2 PM) Bangkok, Thailand time, the webinar will discuss the challenges of the post-COVID-19 era and aims to call for the partnership of women’s organisations, United Nations agencies as well as faith based organisations in Asia for joint actions and advocacy to combat trafficking in women and girls.
The discussions will address the impact of COVID-19 on trafficking in persons, hear country-specific contexts of trafficking in women and children, share responses and best practices in combating trafficking in persons in Asia. It is also expected to propose renewed efforts of advocacy and collaboration among civil society organisations and faith based groups at the grassroots.
The debilitating healthcare crisis and the ensuing economic chaos wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic has driven at least 70 million people into extreme poverty. This will force desperate labourers to accept risky job offers or high-interest loans to ensure mere survival, thus creating exploitative situations in which human traffickers thrive.
As migrant workers are stranded in destination countries, with no access to renewing their legal permits and visas, the threat of ‘un-documentation’ can also push people into being trafficked.
An expert group of panellists comprising representatives from the United Nation’s Women’s ( UN Women) division and other renowned international NGOs, human rights and civil society organisations, as well as church and ecumenical women’s organisations in Asia will facilitate discussions at the webinar. The panel includes Gaelle Demolis (UN Women Asia-Pacific); Peppi Siddiq (International Organisation on Migration); Bandana Pattanaik (Global Alliance against Trafficking in Women); Rupa Pradhan Chhetri (Mukti Network, Nepal); Rev. Sol Villalon (United Methodist Church, Philippines); and Rev. Dr Lintje Pellu (Communion of Churches in Indonesia -PGI).
Rev. Diana Tana, Vice Moderator of the CCA, will initiate and facilitate the discussions.
Those who are interested in participating in the webinar may register by clicking on this link:
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Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.