Having your daughter circumcised is horrendous. Nevertheless, the total or partial removal of the external female genitalia is a common use in thirty countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Over 200 million girls and women have been circumcised. Why would parents do that to their daughter?
Human and child trafficking are problems too important to leave up to the government. Social workers can sometimes provide early intervention when the police are still waiting for permission.
I have just returned from the Regional Parliamentarians’ Conference on Combating Human Trafficking - a two-day conference of parliamentarians from across the whole of Asia, which took place in Bangkok on 20 and 21 March.
Another COMMIT Youth Forum is now part of history. Last week, youth representatives from 6 six countries - Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam - meet at the Regional COMMIT Youth Forum 2016 in the capital of Lao PDR, Vientiane to discuss and share experience in preventing human trafficking and unsafe migration in their communities.
Beatrice Gacengo, Technical Expert in Child Protection for Terre des Hommes Netherlands in the region East Africa, is participating in the 21st ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect in Calgary, Canada. Read her blog with observations from the conference.
Stefan Stoyanov, Technical Expert Trafficking & Migration of Terre des Hommes in Asia is attending the Asia Pacific CSO forum for sustainable development 2016 organised by the UN Economic and Social Commission and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. Read his blog about the road to sustainable development.