GHRD successfully conducted a three hour panel at the 2011 World Social Forum in Dakar, presenting our activities and a screening of the documentary SOLD – a child trafficked to an audience of more than 100 people including representatives from Africa, India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
The World Social Forum is a huge event attended by over 10,000 people from around the world. It is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organisations come together to share experiences and ideas and to lobby for effective action on world issues. This year, organisations from 123 countries gathered together at the Forum. The World Social Forum provided a global platform to present GHRD’s campaign against child trafficking that will be launched by GHRD on International Women’s Day, March 8 2011.
GHRD representatives, Anna Innocenti and Anchelita Gowri organised a panel on the issue of human trafficking in Nepal. The panel provided the audience with an overview of the phenomena of trafficking of children and women in the country and a screening of the documentary SOLD- A child trafficked. The documentary was realised in cooperation with MAITI Nepal and Umbrella Film in the month of September 2010.
More than 100 people attended the panel, including some local newspapers and organisations working on similar issues in Africa, Europe and South America.
Following the film an active debate took place, which gave participants a full overview of trafficking issues in Nepal and neighbour countries. The debate was an opportunity to compare the trafficking situation in South Asia, Africa and South America and to explore possible avenues for cooperation at Global level.
GHRD received much appreciation from several human rights organisations based in Senegal as well as many invitations to expand its activities in the African continent.