While it is impossible to truly know the full scope and impact of human trafficking and slavery in Africa, we do know that women and children are the primary victims -overwhelmingly so for sexual exploitation but also for forced labour – however, men are not immune to this crime.
The extent of human traffickingis difficult to assess due to the hidden nature of these offences, the reluctance of victims and witnesses to come forward to law enforcement and the difficulty of identifying victims in practice. Moreover, these cases often go unnoticed and unreported due to manipulation, fear, threats from traffickers, shame, language barriers or mistrust of authorities.
As part of our longstanding commitment to protect the vulnerable, tackle crime and safeguard all victims from slavery and trafficking, we are taking action against these terrible crimes.
In line with internationally accepted best practices, we focus on five core areas.
States have the legal obligation to protect and promote human rights. At the same time, they are often responsible for some of the worst human rights violations. So, we promote and monitor how the AU and AU Member states, regional and national institutions implement human rights aspects of Agenda 2063.
We also monitor how older people and those with disabilities are accommodated in the Agenda 2063 program
We believe that social movements are built upon individual leadership, strong institutions, and innovative, often high-risk ideas. While the specifics of what we work on have evolved over the years, investments in these three areas have remained the touchstones of everything we do and are central to our theory of how change happens in the world. These approaches have long distinguished AU Watch, and they have had a profound cumulative impact.
Investing in individuals
Through our education/media work, advocacy and outreach services, leadership development, events, and training programs, wesupport both the AU, its Members and civil society around Africa to promote the vision of Agenda 2063, especially where it has to do with older persons and people with disabilities.
We work with dozens of organisations all over the world working on a broad range of social change issues related to Agenda 2063.
Supporting new ideas
AU Watch is investing in the early stages of novel ideas for social good—among them helping to educate Africa’s youth, public media, rights of older persons, disabled people and many more.
Our Values and Culture
The achievement of ‘2063’ will not be possible without the full involvement of all of us.
We think Africa
As an organisation, our first priority is to the long-suffering African people. More 300 million people in Africa stripped of value and opportunities feel hopeless and helpless, whilst the rest of us feel powerless to do anything about it. Well don’t! Together we can change it. These injustices which can be righted, right now, if we agree and work together that we will no longer tolerate the indignity of injustice! Agenda 2063 is one of the answers.
Our culture is driven by trust, constructive debate, and leadership that empowers innovation and excellence. We strive to listen and learn and to model openness and transparency. We are accountable to each other at our unit, to the constitution of AU Watch, to the organizations and people we support, and to society at large.
We are committed to acquiring and sharing knowledge
We understand that acquiring and sharing knowledge and skills for ourselves and our constituents is critical for development. For us it is a key organizational resource that leads to lasting improvements in the way farmers use resources, often times which are limited. We are aware that for all of us to achieve 2063, growth needs not only to be sustainable and inclusive, but sharing knowledge on how to execute good governancethat are gender-sensitive, truly inclusive and sustainable.
Diversity, Tolerance, Respect and Understanding
We actively promote respect for diversity and team work, with our staff, partners and audiences. For us that mean establishing and maintaining effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-faith environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, always seeking to take advantage of the power of synergy.
We have learned that cooperation helps you to achieve your goals. We, welcome local, national and international partnerships that help us achieve our goals. We understand that acting together with our partners and friends, we are larger than the sum of our parts.
We believe in people and long-term solutions
Relationships are at the core of who we are and what we do. We challenge ourselves, and the farmers we work with to bring about real and sustainable change.Driven by a desire to make a difference and have a positive impact in our communities and businesses, we build long term, deep relationships with our staff, clients, customers and farming community. Change does not come easy. We are patient and always learning.