STOP and ECPAT International together arranged a meeting on the 25th of April, 2023 on the launch study meeting of “Global Boys Initiative: Sexual Exploitation of Boys: India Report”, at Hotel Holiday Inn, Aerocity. The event was divided into three phases, wherein the first phase was introducing the study, second phase was dedicated to the panellists to shed light on the topic in various ways, and the third was to create an action plan prepared through recommendations given by the participants as well as the panellists. Panellists and participants from all over the nation came to participate and give their valuable inputs on creating an action plan as to how to prevent the sexual exploitation of boys. We hope that the meeting turns out to be successful in reaching its desired action plan.
STOP had been invited to be a part of the Panel Discussions on Gender-Based Violence scheduled on Thursday, 16th of March, 2023. The panelists were namely Smriti Shah Gambhir (Psychologist), Inspector Saroj Singh from Delhi Police, Aparna Bhat (lawyer and policy-developer), Gayatri Sharma from Women Power Connect, and Janki Gadhvi from STOP, respectively. The session was held in two phases; in the initial phase, panelists were introduced and each talked for about five minutes each. The talks included the resources each could provide, from giving courage, medico-legal aid and counselling, to filing an FIR and fighting in the court, remotely as well as physically. They especially focused on foreign nationals as victims and the international and national laws pertaining to giving them justice in the Indian courts. The second phase included interesting questions revolving around the victim’s consent to conduct an invasive medical examination, as well as how to deal with each specific case, using an ideal mix of non-verbal gestures and friendly verbal communication, at psychological, physical, medical, legal levels, with constant assistance from civil bodies like STOP NGO. The session concluded with a vote of thanks from High Commission of Canada, and a promise to save and assist as many victims as possible, without discriminating on the basis of gender, region, economic status and nationality.
We are elated to announce that Ms. Smriti Kana Ghosh, Senior Programme Manager of STOP (R.B.C. Trust), has been selected as a member of the Internal Complaint Committee under Survey of India, Ministry of Science and Technology (Govt. of India) through nomination from Prof. Roma Debabrata (Founder President, STOP).
The National Survey and Mapping Organization of the country under the Department of Science & Technology, is the oldest scientific department of the Government of India. Survey of India dedicates itself to the advancement of theory, practice, collection and applications of geospatial data, and promotes an active exchange of information, ideas, and technological innovations amongst the data producers and users who will get access to such data of highest possible resolution at an affordable cost in the near real-time environment.
STOP (Stop Oppression of women and children) NGO held two Capacity-Building Workshops on laws and procedures related to anti-trafficking in the Nainital and Dehradun regions of Uttarakhand on 2nd and 4th of December 2022, respectively. Both the places housed 37 grassroots organizations eager to engage in this empowering workshop. The members were aware of certain recent legal changes related to the field of trafficking, and shared their own experiences as well.
Following is the summary of the above said event. To read the same, download the given link.
As part of STOP’s commitment towards combatting and eradicating Human Trafficking, the organization is actively working to repatriate survivors of trafficking to their country of origin. A SOP developed by STOP and implemented in partnership with various embassies over two decades ago continues, the model continues to provide a comprehensive methodology for repatriating survivors of Trafficking. The model approaches repatriation with multi-lateral partnership between organizations, legal entities, and state. Currently, STOP’s team is working to repatriate survivors of Central Asian Countries, (earlier under Soviet Union) a geography that has emerged as one of the most common source areas. Apart from that, STOP is directly assisting the survivor, by providing safe shelter, and care and support, and lodging her in the Caregiver Centre before repatriation. In inclusion of the above said, the organization is also working on the repatriation of trafficked persons of neighboring countries who are lodged in different government homes. The organization is in process to work with embassy by proposing an embassy wide sensitization training of the SOP and share best practices leading to protection and safe repatriation as well as minimizing scope of trafficking or trafficking.
Another victory for team of Koshish (self-help group by trafficking warriors). In a annual Autumn festival community celebration, Koshish was awarded second prize by people’s choice for bring popular delicacies. We wish congratulations to the team!
On 11th, September, the team of “Health100” an initiative by STOP (RBC Trust), completed successful vaccination camp in Tughlakabad school for beneficiaries of Tughlakabad and Tigri community. The team conducted camp amid heaviest rainfall recorded in last 70 years in Delhi.