2022 Assembly

EU Anti-Slavery Day: Empowering Survivors


In honor of Anti-Slavery Day (October 18th), Talitha Kum, in collaboration with the British Embassy to the Holy See, hosted an event titled “Empowering Survivors and Educating Against Modern Slavery”. The event focused on human trafficking, contemporary forms of slavery, and supporting survivors.

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“The inequalities of power between men and women in all sectors: economic, social, political, religion, family and culture play an important role that affects a girl child’s education. Women are the back born of their families. I will propose three areas of reflection about the little girls and their vulnerability to being trafficked. The three reasons why little girls remain vulnerable are:

Socio-cultural: The place of the girl child in the society is still considered secondary when it comes to education. The concrete example I have lived is forced marriage, where the father decided to marry a 10-year-old girl so that he can get the money, and the wife had no say in the matter, so this girl was prevented from going to school. The husband was to use this girl for work in the field (sexual and labor exploitation).

Religion: Certain beliefs hold that sacrifice of certain organs from young ladies help someone’s business prosper. A 19-year-old woman was trafficked by her boyfriend who had her breasts removed for rituals to make his business prosper. Equally, I have come across young girls who were prevented from their early years of primary education, from going into the mines where certain men believe that having sex with a young girl during her menstrual period gives them a chance to get more gold or diamond.

Socio-economic: Poor living standards of many women. A 20-year-old orphaned, since the age of 6, denied schooling by her aunt, got pregnant at 15 and was later trafficked with her child for sexual work in the mines.

Part of the sharing of Sr. Angela Nemilaki, MSOLA