Meet our advocates
Youth advocates Viola and Norah from Uganda, and Hope and Georgina from Kenya, all attended the Commonwealth Summit. They asked their Governments to push for commitments to be made by all the Heads of State, to end the exploitation of girls and protect their rights.
WHY COMMONWEALTH ACTION MATTERS
Today, more than half of all enslaved individuals in the world are estimated to live in Commonwealth countries. It’s a problem our leaders can’t ignore. They must commit to listening to girls and ending exploitation.
- The Commonwealth is uniquely placed to drive individual and collective action.
- Leadership across the Commonwealth is vital if the global community is going to end the exploitation of girls.
- Commonwealth leaders have already made promises to address the causes of gender based violence. Now they must act.
- Governments must develop national strategies and legislation to prevent and respond to the exploitation of girls and young women.
It’s time to turn commitment into action and end the exploitation of girls around the world.
Aicha: building a new life after being trafficked
Aicha was just 10 years old when she was trafficked from her village in Togo to Nigeria, to work as an unpaid domestic servant.
“I worked all day long from 4am to 11pm,” she explains. “The bosses did not give me anything. When I escaped, I returned to the village with nothing.”
Today, Aicha has a brighter future. She’s back in her village and training to be a dressmaker, through one of our anti-trafficking programmes. But thousands of girls like Aicha remain at risk.
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