On 16th July, 2018, Prof. Roma Debabrata ( Founder President, STOP) attended dissemination workshop organisation by SAPHARA in association with the Embassy of Ireland and Phia foundation on “Building Resilience, Catalysing Change”.
Girl champions presented there thoughts on breaking gender stereotypes and the progress they have had in their lives by being part of the program.
Prof. Debabrata suggested the group to look at the slum clusters and the migrant communities in urban areas to understand the gaps within the society that hinders young women from fully developing their potential. She also stressed on converting this into a strong network of organisation that will through ” hand holding” help in these young women to move forward and become successful in their lives.
Thank you Saphara and the Embassy of Ireland, India for inviting to stop at this important event.
On 3rd July, 2018, two members from visited Bangladesh to repatriate 11 Bangladeshi girls. The 11 girls were officially handed over to BNWLA (Bangladesh National Women Lawyer’s Association) for further procedure.
On 29th June, 2018, STOP (Stop Oppression and Trafficking of Women and Children) as one of the members from the National Task Group, formed by ECPAT international, hosted the representatives from private sector at a international conference to discuss “Advancing responsible business practices towards child protection in India”, at the Pullman Hotel, Delhi.
The discussion revolved around multiple areas from travel and tourism to media to law and policy framework and its role in protection of rights of children and their safety. The conference participants were from various backgrounds. Intellectuals, private sector representatives, as well as practitioners from government and non-government bodies in India and South Asia participate at the conference.
Best practices followed by private sector companies and non-governmental organisations were discussed, leading to Prof. Roma Debabrata moderating the session on possible ways of moving forward to create better and safer environment for our children with the help of private sector.
We at STOP are heartily thankful to all participants for sharing their views on the subject.
On 27th June, 2018, members from STOP attended regional round-table of south Asian representatives to discuss sexual exploitation of boys organised by ECAPAT INTERNATIONAL.
Besides large number of participants from India, there were participants from Bangladesh Nepal Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The members from various organisations of the region engaged in discussion to understand the various forums and spaces and exploitation of voice takes place. The main aim of the round table was to understand the level and magnanimity of the issue in South Asia over all, as well as the countries represented at the round table.
Professor Roma Debabrata discussed the instances where boys have engaged in conversations as survival of the crime. Professor Debabrata also commented that the exploitation of both, boys and girls should not be taken as and I elements but one must focus to see the links between the two and understand the issue as a wider problem of the society. The team of Stop is thankful to check that International for inviting us at the round table.
On 31st May, 2018, at “Aashray” family home of STOP celebrated annual mango festival with unlimited mangos and fun. All members of STOP alongside the Prof. Roma Debabrata, Founder President, STOP celebrated the occasion.
From 4th June to 10th June, 2018, ECPAT International hosted partner organisations from across the globe to participate in the General Assembly to discuss the changing trends and global scenario in order to strategise cohesively to eradicate Sexual exploitation of children.
Stop as a partner organisation from South Asia participated in the Assembly. Prof. Roma Debabrata discussed the importance of young voices being heard to find the core around which a plan could be devised as to how in future the world can become a safer and better place for children who have recovered from sexual exploitation.
The Assembly ended with a stronger commitment alongside all partner organisations to end sexual exploitation and violence against children across all borders.
On the evening of 23rd May, STOP had the pleasure of hosting Ms. Hasina Kharbhih, Founder and Chairperson of Impulse NGO Network operating in the north eastern region of India.
She is a renowned advocate in the fight to end bonded slavery and human-trafficking. Ms. Hasina discussed the emerging trends in the field of social enterprise. Through the course of the conversation, Prof. Debabrata and Ms. Hasina shared their thoughts on importance of financial stability to help the at-risk individuals as well as survivors of human-trafficking.
Ms. Haisna also visited the Koshish and Thousand Dreams unit and discussed the various operations of both the social enterprise.
Ms. Hasina said “If we need to prevent and save migration or re trafficking, livelihood initiative and marketable skills should be the upmost important for any organization working to end human trafficking”.
The team of STOP would like to thank Ms. Hasina for the insights she presented for the during her visit.
On 18th May, STOP as a member of the National Task Group organized a round-table organized for combating sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in India, with the purpose of identifying organizations, networks, coalitions and associations who can be a part of the coalition against SEC in India. The objectives of the round-table are:
to map out organizations working in sexual exploitation of children or related areas, at the local, regional and national level;
to identify potential alliances, existing networks and movements those could be potential partners to form a wider cross-cutting network ;
to identify and prioritize issues of sexual exploitation of children at the local, regional and national level.
The round table was attended by Rescue Foundation, NDWM, JWP, FXBIS, Udayan Care, Prayas, Shakti Vahini, AIWC, and Delhi Social Welfare Board.
The members discussed the future plan to address the sustainability of the coalition. members also discussed steps needed to be taken to create a better response structure to the issues surrounding Sexual Exploitation of Children arising due to wide spread use of technology and various external influences.
The entire team of STOP would like to thank all member organization for devoting their time to valuable initiative.