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Compassion In Kenya

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Compassion CBO

Safe World Field Partner in Kenya - Compassion CBO, was formed to eradicate poverty through education and sustainable development among women living in the slums and rural areas and to rehabilitate orphans and vulnerable children.

Survivors In DR Congo

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COFAPRI

COFAPRI is based in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Rupublic of Congo The organisation empowers women through encouraging income-generating activities such as the rearing of livestock.

Field Partner News

Safe World Field Partner, work directly with issues such as poverty, health-care, marginalisation, FGM, child marriage, and education.

Asha Leresh

How Asha Survived the Unnecessary Cut

Asha’s luck came when Samuel Siriria Leadismo, the Director of Pastoralist Child Foundation and his team visited her village, creating awareness about female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual reproductive health....
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Washing Hands to Improve Health in Rural DR Congo

COFAPRI organised handwashing sessions for school children and mothers in rural villages, with the aid of educational DVDs kindly supplied by Thare Machi Education. The word has begun to spread as neighbours are now prompting each other to wash their hands.
Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces Crucial for Women's Self-Reliance in Rural DR Congo

Increased security helps women become self-reliant and less financially dependent on their husbands. This improves the situation for the whole family and also means the women are less vulnerable to abuse.
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DR Congo: Men's Inclusion in Women's Empowerment Benefits Everyone

It remains very important within communities for men and boys to be educated regarding the rights of women and girls, including their proper, fair and respectful treatment. When the women and girls become empowered, it is the whole community that benefits.
Margaret from Kiambu Support Group

Nairobi cancer survivor has hope at last

Margaret is among many women Compassion CBO trained in 2015. She has survived breast Cancer 2 times.

New Womens Magazine for Cameroon

The first edition of the Women for a Change Magazine is now available.

News, Interviews and Blogs

Under-reported issues affecting women and children. Exclusive interviews, articles and blogs by Safe World Correspondents and Content Partners

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The Need for Victim Compensation Programmes - Pakistan and Globally

Globally, victim compensation programmes play a significant role in providing assistance to the victims of violence... however, in Pakistan we are lacking any such programme. It is high time to take serious note of the issue and develop a strong referral…
Lizzy and Victoria

Peace, Dialogue & the Ripple Effect: #RISING16 Global Peace Forum

Perhaps the most inspiring session for me came towards the end of the two days and was entitled ‘Bring back our girls – the forgotten victims of conflict’... We heard the CEO of International Alert, Harriet Lamb, and Victoria Nyanjura - who was kidnapped by…
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Olutosin Adebowale: To America With Love

Once upon a time in my country, Nigeria, there was a ruler who was dreaded by many... We resisted and said No to every oppressive action or word to any weak or voiceless Nigerian... This is the time to stand firm on what has held the world together - Love.
Berlyne Ngwalem Ngwentah

Berlyne Ngwentah: 'The Biggest Cheerleaders of Women are Women'

All the most prominent, biggest community and feminist movements to alleviate the sufferings of women and girls and support women’s involvement in education and leadership have been championed mostly by women...
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Promoting Misogyny, Zenophobia, and Bullying... is.... Nasty

I cannot ever vote for anyone who promotes misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, zenophobia, homophobia... It would be a mockery of my life... dishonoring my elders who have endured the many injustices of racial animosity, my friends who've experienced the same...
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Women United for a Better Community in High Andean of Peru

“Women United for a Better Community” is a new group of grassroots women in the Ayacucho Region at the South High Andean of Peru, recently created by Estrategia, a National Grassroots women's organization. The grassroots women require to be heard and get the…

Diane Scimone and children

I thought I’d seen it all. I’d traveled to nearly 40 countries as a journalist writing about human rights and religious rights abuses.

But one Saturday in Mumbai, India, I saw something that changed me forever.

It was spring of 2001 and I was doing a story about women and forced prostitution. My contact was driving me through the red-light district early on a Saturday evening. Already the streets were packed and every doorway had at least 2 or 3 women standing in it. The hopelessness and despair on their faces was bad enough and made me weep inside…but it was about to get worse.

“Do you see those cages in the second-floor windows?” my contact asked me. “Cages? What are they for?” I replied, certain I did not want to know.

Girls as young as 4 are smuggled and held in cages

“They hold little girls who are smuggled in from Nepal.” My stomach turned as he told me about the fate of these girls, who are as young as 4 years old. They’re smuggled across the border and brought to Mumbai where they’re held in cages for a month.

Their captors urinate on them, abuse them, torture them, and rape them—until they no longer have a will to rebel. Only then are they fit to enter Mumbai’s enormous child sex slave industry—because their traffickers can sell them knowing they will not run away.

That was the day that changed my life.

Mumbai does not have a monopoly on child trafficking, of course. It happens all over the world, in developing and developed countries, including throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. No city is immune from this horror.

Each year 1 million children enter the dark world of child slavery; that’s in addition to the children already enslaved.

They are raped for profit 20, 30 or even 40 times a night.

Night after night after night. The vast majority are girls, although there are of course many boys who are trafficked as well.

Most kids get sold into slavery because they believe the lies that traffickers tell. They really think they’ll be models or waitresses, and their parents trust the “aunties” who show up in the villages offering to give their daughters an education in the big city.

The sad truth is that these girls end up in the multi-billion sex trade—the 2nd-highest grossing illegal industry on the planet.

What if we could reach these girls before the traffickers do?

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What if we could warn parents ahead of time about the lies that traffickers tell?

What if we could educate teenage girls and give them enough confidence and self-esteem to stand up to traffickers? We would make a massive dent in the trafficking pipeline and prevent hundreds of thousands of children from ever being sold for sex or labor.

"I believe we can do it.
In fact, we must do it."

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Diana Scimone is director of The Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking


WEBSITE:

www.born2fly.org

BLOGS:

www.dianascimone.com

TWITTER:

Follow Diana on Twitter: @DianaScimone

VIDEO:

Born2Fly video: 'Get Angry. Please'

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