CENTRE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN STUDIES
The assignment is an activity under the project entitled “Technical Assistance to the Government of Bangladesh in Strengthening Reponses to human trafficking” which is implanted by UNODC in partnership with Ministry of Home Affairs, GoB.
Objective of the ToT: The objective of the training was to develop a resource pool namely Trainers among Law Enforcing Officials and Public Prosecutors on proper investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases following the Prosecution and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012.
Objectives of the trainings: The objective of the training was to assist the Government of Bangladesh in preventing human trafficking through effective and strengthened law enforcement capacities, provide protection and assistance to trafficked victims through establishment of national referral mechanisms and increased cooperation between the criminal justice system and civil society.
Outcome: Enhanced capacity in investigation and prosecution of cases against human trafficking in line with the newly enacted comprehensive law on human trafficking. The training will be organized at the peripheral level that is division and district levels.
Objective of the project: Empowerment of survivors and potential victims of trafficking, sexual exploitation through improvement of their socio-economic condition.
Background of the project: Over three years experience of placement of women and girls in jobs, CWCS learned survivors and potential victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation who have young children could not continue their services at garment factory in Dhaka and they left the job to join with their young children. Moreover, adolescent girls of below 18 years old are declared underage to be employed in garment factory by the authority. Moreover, some women and girls left the jobs after reconciliation with their husbands, some became sick and some could not cope with the working environment in garment factory. On the other hand, in 2014 Bangladesh Garments Manufacturing and Exporting Authority (BGMEA) decided to reduce recruiting workers as helpers and they set criteria that those women and girls who have been completed at least primary education can be qualified to join as helpers. As a consequence, many survivors and potential victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation could not be placed in jobs at garment factory. Therefore, in 2014, CWCS planned to include an activity to develop skills of survivors and potential victims on tailoring in Satkhira district and provided a sewing machine to each of trained women and girls at free of cost so that they can be involved in Income Generating Activities (IGA) staying at home or working in a shop in their areas. In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with some clauses between Centre for Women and Children Studies and The Ananata Garment Factory regarding job placement of survivors and potential victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation at garment factory in Dhaka.
Activitiy 1: Identification of survivors/potential victims of trafficking of Satkhira district, in- service training and job placement in the garment factory at Dhaka:
Activities 2: Involvement of survivors and potential victims in Income Generating Activities (IGA):
Activity 3: Organized 20 Courtyard meetings with women and girls in remote villages on the issues of trafficking and sexual exploitation as well as rehabilitation of victims by providing them job placement in garment factory as well as imparting training on tailoring and sewing with a sewing machine at free of cost:
After phase out of the project entitled Integrated health service oriented referral system for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation and those in Vulnerable Situation in Sathkira district, Bangladesh in December 2013, Centre for Women and Children Studies (CWCS) is running the health care services including counselling and shelter services at IHB and CWCS Counsellor’s room at Satkhira Sadar hospital for survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation in Satkhira district in own funding.
Project goal and objectives:
General Objective: To enable the right to health of victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation and those in vulnerable situation in Satkhira district, Bangladesh.
Specific Objective: To improve an integrated health service oriented referral system by MoHFW, law enforcing agencies, and NGOs (duty bearers) for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation and those in vulnerable situations (right holders) in Satkhira district, Bangladesh.
Project outcomes are:
Continuation of the provision of integrated health services through the Information Health Booth and the specialized hotline services to address health risks and consequences of victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation and those in vulnerable situation in Debhata and Kaliganj upazilas as well as the extension of such services to Satkhira Sadar and Kalaroa upazilas: 123 victims were provided healthcare services at IHB thorough referral system with government hospitals and NGO facilities during January- December 2014.
Continuation of a transit shelter facility for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation and those in vulnerable situation referred by police, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), health service providers, government officials and other stakeholders: The survivors were provided with food, healthcare services, recreation facilities and made aware about the issues of trafficking and sexual exploitation and safe return to home. About 40 survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation were provided shelter services at transit shelter facility during January- December 2014. Of them, some were provided training on sewing and dress making and some were placed in jobs at garment factory.
Providing counselling services at the Information Health Booth to victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation and those in vulnerable situation: 123 victims were provided counselling services at the Information Health Booth and CWCS room at Satkhira Sadar hospital during January- December 2014.