Day 4 – “Act.Learn.Share” Youth Summer Camp Diary 2018

Probably, day 4 was the most intensive and dynamic packed with meetings with experts from different fields and thematic activities. We started with the discussion on gender equality and domestic violence and determined why this phenomenon should be considered within the human trafficking context as well.

Experts fro, UNFPA and Y-PEER helped us to understand this issues better. We are happy to share the knowledge and some interesting facts we learned during the session:

✔Violence against women, especially by their partner, as well as sexual violence is an important problem that leads to the violation of human rights.
✔Human trafficking is one of the form of violence against women and children who are the most vulnerable to human-trafficking.
✔Domestic violence can be either a root-cause of human trafficking or its consequence.
✔Many victims of human trafficking were exposed to violence before or witnesses violence in the family.
✔According to the WHO’s data on the prevalence of violence in the world, every third woman (35%) throughout her life is exposed to physical or sexual violence by another person.

In Belarus:
▪only 29,2 % of women suffered from physical and sexual violence, seek assistance as they don’t believe that they can get help and feel stigmatization from their friends and relatives. They hope it will never repeat again.
▪80% of female who are exposed to domestic violence have children.
▪8 801 100 8 801 – nation-wide hotline for victims of domestic violence through which they can get psychological and legal support and other relevant information. The hotline is administrated by the international NGO “Gender perspectives”.

To learn more about UNFPA here.

Unfortunately, children can also become victims of human-trafficking. They can be also exposed to labor and sexual exploitation or become victims of domestic slavery of organ removal, be engaged in begging or in the war conflicts as soldiers. Human trafficking deprives children of happy childhood and causes emotional, psychological and physical harm.

The session with UNICEF was devoted to combating human trafficking in children. We discussed the issues in the format of debates to cover the problem from different angles.

More information about UNICEF here.

EPAM representative prepared session on safety on the Internet and we are happy to share some useful tips: , который рассказал об основных правилах поведения в Интернете. Делимся несколькими с вами:
🔹Use complex passwords and two-step authorization;
🔹Be careful with the personal data to avoid identity theft;
🔹Everything you publish/post on the Internet remains there forever.

Probably this is one of the most important issues as traffickers leverage the technology for their benefit for recruiting people on the Internet, especially using social networks where you can pretend to be someone else and create false profiles and using latest features to collect personal data about a potential victim of human trafficking. That’s why it’s extremely important to know how to ensure safety on the Internet.

By the way, here are more useful tips from X-kit:
🔹 If you are planning to meet someone that you have met online in-person, be sure to take a friend with you, choose somewhere busy and meet during the day.
🔹 Call the police if you are receiving threatening messages and feel in danger.

At the end of the intense day our guest from UN DPI organized a movie night for us: we watched and discussed the Serbian film “Sisters” by Vladimir Paskaljevic telling the real story about human trafficking.

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