28 September, 2009

Opening Remarks at Combating Violence Against Girls Event

From Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Event hosted by the Government of the Netherlands
New York City, NY
September 25, 2009

I want to start by saying something that I believe with all my heart, and, obviously, those of you who are here believe it also, that the issues related to girls and women are not an annex to the important business of the world and the United Nations, they’re not an add-on, they’re not an afterthought; they are truly at the core of what we are attempting to do under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that is the guiding message of this organization and what each of us in our own countries is called to do on behalf of equal opportunity and social justice.

So for me, this is a tremendous opportunity to speak about an issue that has basically been relegated to the backwaters of the international agenda until relatively recently: violence against girls and women, and particularly today, violence against girls.

I wish that we could transport ourselves into a setting where we could be in the midst of girls and women who have been suffering from violence, but we don’t have to because it’s all around us. It is in the home, it is in the workplace, it is on the streets of many of the countries represented here, including my friends Maxine and Celso. And it is in the places that make the headlines from time to time, and then in the very bottom paragraphs, there’s a reference to the violence that is a tactic of war and intimidation and oppression to prevent girls from going to school by throwing acid in their faces, by raping girls as a way of intimidating them and keeping them subjugated and demonstrating power.

So this, for me, is one of the most important events that I’ve done at the UN. I worked this week with President Obama on our agenda, on everything from nonproliferation and the threats posed by Iran to the P-5+1, to the ongoing challenge of the Middle East, and so much else. But oftentimes, my press – I’ll only speak for the American press – will pose a question that goes something like this: "Why are you spending so much time on these issues that are less important or not as significant as the ones that are really at the heart of foreign policy?"

And I usually patiently explain, for about the millionth time, that this is the heart of foreign policy. Because after all, what are we doing? We’re trying to improve the lives of the people that we represent and the people who share this planet with us. And we do it through diplomacy, and we do it through development, and occasionally we have to do it through defense. But violence against any one of our fellow beings is intolerable. And when it is part of the cultural fabric of too many societies, when it is an assumption of the way things are supposed to be, then it is absolutely a cause for our action collectively.

As some of you know, I traveled to Goma in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last month. I went to a refugee camp that is home to 18,000 people in a very small plot of land; in fact, land that is covered by lava from a volcanic eruption. And it was a stark reminder of a conflict that has left 5.4 million people dead since 1998. And walking through that refugee camp was, as I’ve often felt walking through camps in other places, both the best and the worst of humanity: the worst because of what drove these people to this extreme measure of fleeing their homes, leaving their fields, running from danger; and the best because of the international response.

But the people leading me through the camp – they had a man who was the president, a woman who was the vice president – were talking about what life was like day to day, because the camp provides no security. You are there, but if you venture out, as too many of the girls told me, for water or firewood, or literally just to breathe because you’re living arm-to-arm with thousands of other people, you put your life at risk. Something like 1,100 rapes are reported each month in the Eastern Congo; that’s an average of 36 women and girls raped every day.

I heard a lot of terrible stories. A 15-year-old girl who looked younger than her years, who was fetching water from the river, when two soldiers – she wasn’t sure who they were, were they irregulars, were they militias, were they the Congolese army. They were just soldiers who told her if she refused to give in to them they would kill her. They beat her, ripped her clothes off, and raped her.

I met one of the nine-year-old girls who was nabbed by two soldiers, who put a bag over her head, and raped her repeatedly in the bushes; and a woman who was eight months pregnant when she was attacked, and after being so brutalized and losing her baby, she was no longer accepted in her own home.

And then I met a woman who was about my age, who had four children and a husband. They were farmers from one of the small holding farms that so many of the world’s poor try to survive by. And she called them bandits. They took her husband out, shot him. Two of her children ran out to try to help their father, shot them, came into the house, shot the other two children all in front of her, and then repeatedly gang-raped her, left her for dead. And she told me she wished that she had died.

Well, these are the most extreme examples, but there are so many that we could point to. And since I believe that the progress of girls and women holds the key to sustainable prosperity and stability in the 21st century, this is a matter of great concern to me and to my country. When women are accorded their rights and accorded equal opportunities in education and healthcare and employment and political participation, they invest in their families, they lift them up, they contribute to their communities and their nations. When they are marginalized, when they are mistreated, when they are ignored, when they are demeaned, then progress is not possible, no matter how rich and well-educated the elite may appear.

The problem of violence against women and girls is particularly acute in conflict zones, but that’s not the only place we find it. The UN has done some excellent work in the last years in war-torn areas. And while boys are pressed into service as child soldiers and trained to kill, and often drugged to do so, girls are raped and often forced into becoming sex slaves. And this has happened to thousands and thousands of children. We also know that despite the best efforts of those of us in this room, all too often these acts of brutality and de-humanity do not just affect the individuals, they affect the fabric that weaves us together as human beings.

Next week, I will chair a Security Council session here in New York on the epidemic of sexual violence against women and girls in conflict zones. And the United States will introduce a resolution to strengthen our efforts to curb these atrocities and hold all those who commit them accountable. We will call for a special representative of the Secretary General to lead, coordinate, and advocate for efforts to end sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict.

But violence against women and girls happens everywhere. You have not only domestic violence, but female feticide, dowry-related murder, trafficking in women and girls. It’s quite alarming that even among well-educated people in some countries, the rate of selective abortion against girls is alarming. There are millions – some estimate as many as 100 million – missing girls. And they are missing because they’re either aborted or they are still subjected to infanticide or they are denied nutrition and healthcare and allowed to die in alarming numbers before the age of five.

In Thailand in the 1990s, I met girls who’d been sold into prostitution by their fathers, when they were as young as eight. And by the time they were 12, many of them were dying of AIDS. I drove around the area in northern Thailand, and one of the people with me said, "You can tell which homes have sold their girls, because they’re the ones with the satellites" and that there’s a lot of peer pressure; it would go satellite, satellite, then you’d have no satellites, and then satellite, satellite.

So we know these statistics. A third of all women will face gender-based violence at some point in their lifetime. In some parts of the world, the number is as high as 70 percent. The United Nations estimates that at least 5,000 so-called honor killings take place each year. Nearly 50 percent of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls aged 15 or younger. And more than 130 million girls and young women have been subject to genital mutilation.
All over the world, you find a higher value on male children, girls being coerced into early marriages, denied access to schools, adequate nutrition and healthcare, and enslaved in forced labor. And so there are many stories. We have two young women with us today, and we have many more who they represent.

The problem is that very often there is no legal action taken against those who perpetuate this violence, even when they are members of a nation-state’s armed forces. We are pressing the government of the DRC very hard to bring to justice five officers of the military who have been implicated in either these actions themselves or in a permissive environment for them.
And there are many young women who are standing up and who need our support. The story of Mukhtar Mai, a young woman who I’ve come to know, who was gang-raped in 2002 on the orders of her tribal council in rural Pakistan because of something her brother had done. She was forced to walk home naked in front her village, and she was expected to kill herself. I mean, that’s what you do. You get humiliated, you get shamed, you get attacked. It’s your fault, you go kill yourself. And the crime, the best we could determine, was her brother was seen walking with a girl from an upper caste village.

So what happened to her? She refused to kill herself, and she refused to hide, and she refused to give in to the cultural milieu in which this attack had taken place. And her case became something of an international cause. And people began asking: What can we do for her? They donated money. She built the first school in her village. She herself enrolled in that school. And now, because of the money that has come in since she was courageous enough to speak out, the school has an ambulance service, a school bus, a woman’s shelter, a legal clinic, and a telephone hotline.

Now, she’s a remarkable young woman, but she’s not alone. And what we need to do is support those who are standing up. I have a friend here, Molly Melching, whom I first met and worked with more than 10 years ago in Senegal, where she very deliberatively began to build community rejection of female genital mutilation by going from village to village and making it a health issue, making it an issue that the tribal elders and the imams began to recognize was not in keeping with their views of themselves or of Islam. And this is possible. It takes time, and we can’t, can’t give up.

So let me just end with a call to action from the leaders of many religious faiths who came together last year to advocate for an end to violence against women, and here’s what they said: Each of our faith traditions speaks to the fundamental value of all human life. Violence against women denies them their God-given dignity. We cannot afford to remain silent when so many of our women and girls suffer the brutality of violence with impunity.

So this meeting could not be more timely or important. Now, we’ve got to follow up. And hopefully, in UNGAs to come, we will fill larger and larger rooms. We will have people making commitments. I know the Dutch Government is very intent upon trying to make sure that action follows. And we can work with our friends not only from Brazil, but I see many of my other colleagues here today. And I hope that we will be the voices for those women who will never appear before the Security Council, they will never leave Goma, they will never leave rural Pakistan, they will never leave their village in Latin America or anywhere else, to come and plead their case before us. So it falls to us to make sure their voices are heard.

Thank you very much.

UNICEF, MTV EXIT and The Killers: Goodnight, Travel Well

25 September, 2009

Human Trafficking Positional Statement

Dear Colleagues in Christ:

We are pleased with the General’s call to prayer on Human Trafficking to take place on Sunday, September 27, 2009. In conjunction with this call the International Moral and Social Issues Council have developed a draft positional statement on the subject of Human Trafficking which has been approved by the General.

Attached please find this resource for distribution within your territory/command as together we address this darkness of captivity with the light of the gospel.

Blessings,

M. Christine MacMillan, Commissioner
Chair
International Moral and Social Issues Counsel

THE SALVATION ARMY
INTERNATIONAL POSITIONAL STATEMENT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Statement of the Issue
Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. Reliable reports show that millions of people around the world are subjected to it. The techniques used by traffickers and the forms in which trafficking is manifested are various, but what is common to them all is the exploitation of some people by other people. Those who are victimized include babies, children, teenagers, women and men.

The following statement created by the United Nations and adopted by many others, is both a definition of human trafficking and a clear call to action:

"The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. "

Statement of Position
The Salvation Army is deeply committed to fighting human trafficking however it may be manifested. We seek to exercise care in restoring the freedom and dignity of those affected.

Principles
Human trafficking is contrary to the principles of freedom and dignity. The exploitation of human beings dehumanizes the individuals who are trafficked, rewards the inhumanity of the traffickers, and weakens the moral and social fabric of society at large.

Restoring dignity to persons who have been exploited is not easy, and the danger of paternalizing trafficked victims in the name of aiding them must be kept in view.

Traffickers need to be stopped and held accountable, but they also need those who will help them to a transformation of heart and mind.

The Salvation Army is opposed to the corrupt abuse of power against other human beings that is inherent in trafficking for personal economic gain. We therefore have the responsibility, both individually and collectively, to work for the liberation of those who have been enslaved in this manner, and to establish the legal and social mechanisms by which human trafficking can be stopped.

Biblical and Theological Background
Humankind is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26 ). All people are valuable to God, holding a special place in God’s creation (Psalm 8:5). The Bible teaches that nobody should be exploited or damaged. Psalm 10 describes the wickedness of those who entrap others and the Psalmist calls on God to intervene. This Psalm is as relevant now as it was when it was written many years before the birth of Jesus.

Isaiah 42:22 says, ‘But this is a people plundered and looted all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, “Send them back.”’ Joel 3:3 says, ‘They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.’

Jesus taught that no one should live in physical or spiritual bondage. He said, ‘The Lord has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who suffers, and to say, ‘This is the year the Lord has chosen.’’ (Luke 4: 18 – 19). He was quoting Isaiah 61: 1 – 2. Later in Isaiah 61 are these words, ‘I, the Lord, love justice! But I hate robbery and injustice.’ (v. 8).
Consequently, Christians are called upon to work for the elimination of all forms of human trafficking.

Practical Responses
Since its inception, The Salvation Army has sought to reduce the worldwide phenomenon of abuse of individuals or groups of people for personal gain, now defined by the United Nations as human trafficking. It has established places of refuge for victims, sought legal changes that would both prevent trafficking and punish those involved, and it has created alternatives for those vulnerable to trafficking. Through its constituent territories, corps, centres and individual members, The Salvation Army continues to plan and undertake culturally and biblically appropriate responses which will help to eliminate the development or continuation of any form of human trafficking.

The Salvation Army recognises that there is a great deal of sex trafficking, and that the majority of those trafficked for sex are women and girls. It rejects this commodification of women in any circumstance – including pornography, prostitution and sex tourism - and works both to eliminate human trafficking for this purpose and to create alternatives for women who would otherwise be forced into prostitution.

The Salvation Army will work against any activity that trafficks people for the sale of human organs. The Salvation Army seeks to develop strategies and methods which assist trafficked people to re-enter and make a home in their chosen place of residence.

Often the incidence of human trafficking is hidden within a society. The Salvation Army takes an active role in researching where human trafficking is occurring and aims to raise public awareness as a result.

The Salvation Army calls upon all legislators in local, national or international jurisdictions to create laws and enforcement mechanisms which criminalize trafficking and which will punish those engaged in such activities.

The Salvation Army also encourages all law enforcement agencies to actively prosecute perpetrators of human trafficking and to work with other government and community organizations to free people from any present or future coercion or threat.

Human trafficking flourishes because there is a demand for the services trafficked people are forced to provide. The Salvation Army therefore undertakes education and awareness raising activities so that those who use products or services supplied by trafficked people are confronted with the human misery, suffering and injustice created by their continuing use of these services or products.

The Salvation Army recognizes that there are a number of credible organizations working locally and globally on the issues of human trafficking. The Salvation Army encourages cooperation and networking with these agencies to achieve the elimination of human trafficking and to provide support to trafficked people.

The Salvation Army calls upon Salvationists and other Christians worldwide to seek God’s face and pray.

Reference Documents
United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Definition of “human trafficking”, at Annex II, Article 3, paragraph (a)(http://www.unodc.org/pdf/crime/a_res_55/res5525e.pdf)
humantrafficking.org: A web resource for fighting human trafficking (http://www.humantrafficking.org/)
United Nations Global Initiative To Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) (http://www.ungift.org/)
The Salvation Army, ‘Opposing and Preventing Global Sexual Trafficking’ (
www.salvationarmy.org/ihq)

The views expressed in this international positional statement constitute the official position of The Salvation Army on the issue addressed, and they may not be modified or adapted in any way without the express written permission of International Headquarters.
(Approved Draft: 14 September 2009)

22 September, 2009

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20 September, 2009

Pray for Peace

Some prayer you can pray on this day of global prayer for world peace in The Salvation Army.

Join us as we invite God to change us and make us instruments of peace. Some other resources here.

Prayer for Peace and Forgiveness

We confess that in our lives we do not
Always choose the way of peace.
We spread gossip which fans the flame of hatred.
We are ready to make any sacrifices when Caesar demands -
but few when God invites.
We worship the false god of security and nationalism
We hold out our hand in friendship -
But keep a weapon in the other behind our back

We have divided your body of people
Into those we trust and those we do not.
Huge problems challenge us in the world -
But our greed, fear and selfishness prevent
us from uniting to solve them

Lord, we pray for your help,
Your forgiveness and your
Reconciling power in our lives.

Pax Christi Daily Prayer

Thank you loving God
For the gift of life
For this wonderful world which
we all share
For the joy of love and friendship
For the challenge of helping to build
your kingdom.

Strengthen

My determination to work for a world
of peace and justice
My conviction that, whatever our
nationality or race,
we are all global citizens,
one in Christ
My courage to challenge the
powerful with the values of the Gospel
My commitment to find nonviolent
ways of resolving conflict
- personal, local, national and international
My efforts to forgive injuries and to love those I find it hard to love.

Teach me
To share the gifts you have given me
To speak out for the victims of injustice
who have no voice
To reject the violence which runs
through much of our world today.

Holy Spirit of God

Renew my hope for a world free from the cruelty and evil of war so that we may all come to share
in God's peace and justice. Amen


Blessed are you peacemakers,
who say no to war as a means to peace.

Blessed are you peacemakers,
who are committed to disarm weapons of mass destruction.

Blessed are you peacemakers,
who wage peace at heroic personal cost.

Blessed are you peacemakers,
who challenge and confront judges, courts & prisons.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who help those who are hurting.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who befriend perfect strangers.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who open doors for acting justly,
loving tenderly and walking humbly with God
and all people of good will.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who welcome, encourage and inspire.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who offer hope and healing.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who care and comfort.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who help find answers.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who provide stability not insanity.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who help restore faith and love.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who delight in creation, art & creativity.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who see the good in others.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who never give up.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
who give and give and give.

Fr. Paul Milanowski Grand Rapids, Michigan

16 September, 2009

Buying Sex Is Not a Sport

Join us for the first Fall event of Buying Sex Is Not a Sport on September 18 at 10th Avenue Alliance Church in Vancouver.

Buying Sex Is Not a Sport is a grassroots campaign to raise awareness and effect change around sex trafficking and the 2010 Olympic games. The demand for sexual access to the bodies of women and children fuels human trafficking. Women and children in Metro Vancouver and Whistler are routinely coerced into the flesh trade to meet this demand, and a large sporting event such as the 2010 Olympics will only further exploitation through a rise in the demand for paid sex.

Come hear how you can help end trafficking by engaging your community in change!

Speakers: Michelle Miller - Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity (REED)
Trisha Baptie - Honor Ministries and Consulting
Alice Lee - Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter
Phil Reilly – 10th Church


Event Details:
September 18, 2009 7pm-9pm
11 10 Ave.
West Vancouver, BC


For more further information call Michelle at 604.725.3838

11 September, 2009

Blood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fVDGu82FeQ

Here is a youtube clip many of you have probably seen before. We were watching some clips with friends the other day, and this one was put on. Everyone laughed, as did I, but then I started to put myself in the place of the child. How strange for him. Here he is, trying his hardest to get someone with power to do something for someone he loves that he thinks is in need. The desperation in his voice and face are obvious. But the response he gets from that person in power is quite baffling to him. The person in power laughs. And does not help. No matter how hard the child tries to communicate the situation, he gets no where. This frustration, not surprisingly, leads him to anger.

So two thoughts for you today from this initial reflection. First, how often you take the words, the warnings, the questions, and the passions of children seriously. Or do you simply place their moments of need and reflection in the same place as most others...the cute box.

Second, how often do those in the position of power do nothing for those crying out in need? Perhaps we don't take the time to discern their need, or worse, pretend that we do not understand them. How often do we see images of those in situations of hunger, abuse, war, desperation...and then do nothing? We are in a huge position of power in the West, and in The Salvation Army, and yet our general inaction must lead those crying out for help into frustration, and anger. You see this isn't a case of the poor being silent and then grateful. This is a case of those in need demanding our help, because we are capable of it. When we choose not to act, don't expect the response to be one of silence, or perhaps a comforting "that's ok, thank you for listening". The response will often be one of anger and frustration. Don't be surprised when the powerless rise up against the powerful. It is, after all, not your power to hoard. We have our opportunity, and we must take that opportunity promptly.

The Old Testament is filled will loud desperate need that is met by a silent, yet powerful people. God does not like that. My point? When someone asks, demands, pleads, or begs your attention, no matter who it is, how far away they are or how necessary or urgent you think their problem might be, take the time to respond as they know you can.

Hope this is helpful,
Gen

04 September, 2009

Malawi's children pay dearly for the world's cheap tobacco

Ian Wishart
September 2, 2009

Tens of thousands are just ''collateral damage'' to multinational companies.

THE tobacco industry in Myrtleford died in late 2006 when British American Tobacco and Philip Morris decided they could buy tobacco leaves cheaper elsewhere. Indeed they could, with about 85 per cent of global production now coming from developing countries such as China, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Malawi. What they didn't reveal is the human cost of this low-priced leaf.

Seventy-eight thousand children are employed in the tobacco farms of Malawi in conditions barely better than slavery, daily enduring gross violations of their rights. They are paid just two cents an hour, working up to 12 hours a day. The work is unrelenting and pay is often docked for the cost of any food the employer might provide. The children are routinely abused, both physically and emotionally, to make them work harder and longer. Girls in particular are subjected to sexual abuse, often coerced by threats of withholding food, pay or employment.

The children also work without proper protective clothing or equipment. As a consequence, many suffer from the symptoms of what is known as green tobacco sickness, essentially nicotine poisoning. Their handling of the green tobacco leaves is equivalent to a "50-a-day" habit. Consequently these youngsters experience severe headaches, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, coughing and breathlessness.

Economists often use words such as "externality" that hide the true meaning of things. This is where there is an impact - positive or negative - on a party that is not directly involved in an economic transaction. For the tobacco companies, the harmful impact of child labour on tobacco farms is, conveniently, a negative externality. Think of it as the economic equivalent of collateral damage.

Tobacco multinationals have form when it comes to externalities. They have consistently treated the adverse cost of smoking as an externality that is not their responsibility. Only aggressive regulation and legal action in the developed countries of the world has managed to rein them in.

Tobacco companies will argue that in a capitalist system it is their responsibility to purchase raw material cheaply to increase shareholder returns. They say that when they buy tobacco leaf in the markets of Malawi they are simply buying at the market price; that they are not responsible for how the tobacco is produced or who is involved in its production.

This view of economics and the limits to corporate responsibility is untenable in the 21st century. More responsible multinationals have already realised they must take responsibility for their global supply chains, which is why we can buy Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee (even in fast-food restaurants) and sweatshop-free sports shoes.

Tobacco companies try to suggest that it is up to the Government of Malawi to enforce child labour laws. This view conveniently ignores a massive power imbalance.

Children do not work in the tobacco farms because they prefer it to school. They work because it is a marginally better option than starvation. Malawi maintains a rock-bottom-priced tobacco production industry because it has precious little else to sell besides tobacco leaf, which makes up 70 per cent of its export revenue. Neither the children of Malawi nor the country are in any position to bargain. Poverty and vulnerability drive this situation at both the household and the national level.

Yes, Malawi should act to ensure that children are paid decent wages, treated with respect and given access to education and medical care. But the free-market response of multinational tobacco companies would no doubt be to stop buying tobacco in Malawi, finding somewhere cheaper.

This is effectively a race to the bottom in which the multinational companies hold all the cards - a painful experience of powerlessness that the people of Myrtleford know about.

The only way this can be stopped is for multinational companies to self-regulate their supply chains or for some form of global regulation to be enforced. But for now the free market seems completely free to impose nasty externalities on children without conscience or responsibility. No thought is given to the duties the companies have to these children.

It has become painfully clear that the damaging externality of carbon pollution must be internalised in our market system. It should be equally clear that global capitalism and the wonders of free trade need greater civilising limits if impoverished children are to be kept from becoming collateral damage.
Ian Wishart is chief executive of Plan International in Australia. The report Hard Work, Long Hours and Little Pay: Research with Children Working on Tobacco Farms in Malawi can be found at plan.org.au.

01 September, 2009

CADBURY GOES TRAFFIK FREE IN CANADA,AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Let's celebrate the amazing news that by early 2010, Cadbury's Dairy Milk bars can be part of our diet again!

We congratulate Cadbury on their commitment to justice and now look to their policy being adopted across their entire product range. Cadbury's decision demonstrates the power of ordinary consumers in bringing change and freedom. Two years ago, STOP THE TRAFFIK met with Cadbury and was told that a fairtrade Cadbury's bar was impossible and impracticable. This is a victory for every person who has complained, campaigned and spread the message. But most of all, it is a victory for every child held in exploitative labour on West African cocoa farms. It is important to remember though that all exploited children will not be free until Mars, Nestlé, Lindt, Hershey and all the others have put human rights before profit and make similar announcements.
Click here to find out more about the trafficking of children to work on cocoa farms. STOP THE TRAFFIK has been calling for individual companies to take responsibility for the chocolate they sell and asking for it to be traffik free. This is a very significant step in our campaign.

If you've been campaigning for traffik free chocolate, e-mail the attached press release to your local press and tell them of the campaigning you did. Together we will STOP THE TRAFFIK

STOP THE TRAFFIK
Coordinating TeamEnquiries:
info@stopthetraffik.org
75 Westminster Bridge Road,
London SE1 7HS
+44 (0)20 7921 4258
Go to the Press release