AU Watch

Preventing Slavery & Human Trafficking

Human trafficking does not exist in a vacuum but rather is enabled by underlying systems – both tangible and intangible. These include economic, legal, social, political and other systems as well as racism and discrimination.Businesses ranging from hotels to banks to social media platforms are all part of what makes human trafficking possible, and profitable. Understanding these systems, and the scope of trafficking within them, is the first step toward making them slavery-proof.

We still don’t enough about this trade in human misery. We are continually researching and updating our records. Maybe you can help us. Please get in touch.

Here’s What We Know About Slavery & Human Trafficking in Africa

Most modern slavery victims are women and girls. Gender-based discrimination and violence, and educational limitations for girls, make women and girls especially vulnerable. We work with the African Commission and other organisations to reduce the risks of slavery by promoting gender equality and respect for gender rights.Join Us

Action Highlights

Advocacy

Advocacy is taking action to support a cause or proposal. It encompasses educating and mobilizing citizens, and involving them in developing and promoting policies they care about.

We complement all our work overseas with policy analysis and advocacy at the AU and AU Member States. We select policy issues on which to advocate. We analyse country and regional trends, identify issues that impact multiple countries in the region, and consider ways to address them. AU Watch staff, our partners help determine priority issues for advocacy.

We work with the African Commission and other AU policy and human rights organs and AU Member States to understand what needs to happen at a systemic level to end slavery and human trafficking for ever. We understand that those closest to the issue help us identify interventions that can make a widespread and lasting difference. We then translate those needs into targeted policy advocacy.

Stay tuned for more of what we are do and how you can be involved.

Media and Awareness Campaigns

You probably know by now that working with media is one of our strengths. To uproot this cancer in our society demands exposing criminals who will stop at nothing to make money on the backs of human misery. Our pens, printing machines, cameras and microphones are hunting them and exposing them. We are creating Africa’s largest video libraries on modern slavery for use in schools, colleges and our communities.
We are also able to provide real-time updates on what is happening in the continent, as far as slavery and human trafficking is concerned. Our experts can speak about slavery in Africa forever, and you subscribe to ‘AU Watch News’ and browse our news releases and social channels for the latest news about slavery and human trafficking in Africa. You can also join us at AU Watch TV and Radio.

Why not call us and see how you can be part of the movement stopping this trade.

You Can Do Something – Join Us at Our Freedom Project: ‘Not in My Africa’

Join us in creating an Africa free from human trafficking. Our schools and colleges program, ‘NOT IN MY AFRICA’, provides slavery and human trafficking prevention education training and curriculum to students and educators to protect children, teenagers and young adults from exploitation and to prevent potential victimization. Want to know more or think you can assist us? Drop us a line.

But can also donate to our cause

Provide Assistance to Communities to Identify and Help People and Communities at Risk

We know our communities – and we know that there are people within those communities for a host of reasons who are complicit with this growing trade. We work and strengthen the capacity of grassroots organizations, government agencies, advocacy coalitions, and the media to take action. We support such communities through education, mobilization, and increasing access to education, vocational training, and essential services.We are also moving into rescuing those in slavery and helping them re-join their families and communities. We have teams of reporters following on the tracks of traffickers – and we share stories of our successes.

Want to be part of our team? Come along then.

Strengthening child protection systems in Africa

COVID-19 has now spread to virtually every country in the world and has a devastating impact on people, economies, health systems, and communities. While most people’s lives are put on hold, criminals are finding ways to take advantage of the situation, including those who seek to sexually exploit children.
Endingabuse and sexual exploitation of children is key to what we do. We work at all levels, supporting shelters for survivors, training and supporting law enforcement, influencing governments and conducting a wide range of research on slavery and trafficking of children. We work with the AU and AU Member States, but especially with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC).
In 2016, ACERWC established a 25-year Agenda namely, “Agenda 2040: Fostering an Africa fit for children”. The main objective of the Agenda is to restore the dignity of the African child through assessing the achievements and challenges faced towards the effective implementation of the African Children’s Charter. Through our media and advocacy work, we assist theACERWC and the AU to raise awareness of the horrendous human rights violations children in Africa go through.

Want to be part of our team? Come along then.

Freedom Awards

Our Kwame Nkrumah Defenders Awardshonours an individual or group of individuals or organisations who stand up to heinous crimes of slavery and trafficking at grave personal risk in the non-violent pursuit of human rights.These are people and organisations who have contributed immensely to the promotion and protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa.Our awards celebrate anti-slavery heroes from around Africa by showcasing what some of the best anti-slavery work in the world looks like. The awards are a grim reminder that slavery still exists in many places in the continent.

Want to be part of the award scheme. Please be in touch.

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