INFORMATION CAMPAIGN FOR COUNTERACTION TO HUMAN TRAFFIC,

ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND MINORS IN CENTRAL ASIA.

 

DO NOT AGREE TO BE SLAVES! This was the motto the Female Resource Center used from October 2001 to March 2008 when they were engaged in introduction of a big information campaign for human traffic prevention, especially women and minors in South Kazakhstan area.

The program had the following partners: International Migration Organization in Kazakhstan; National Committee on Family and Women Issues at the president of Republic of Kazakhstan; 11 NGOspartners in Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Astana, Karaganda, Kostanai, Kokshetau, Petropavlovsk, Taldykorgan, Taraz and Ust Kamenogorsk.

The program was focused on informing young women and the population as a whole about the human traffic risks. We were giving information and consultations to people, especially to people, who want to find a job about employment possibilities abroad and about the widespread ways of deceit used by intermediaries offering work abroad. The program taught how to make it in a civilized way, how to estimate the real chances of work migration, what possible risks of taking this decision are and how to avoid them.

Our cooperation with the government structures and public organizations struggling against human traffic has been strengthened.

Besides, the project had some activities on harmonization of Kazakhstan legislation concerning the human traffic issues first of all these were round tables and sessions of the working group developing the suggestions on modification of existing legislative acts.

The project included the following activities: seminars-trainings, lectures, round tables, working meetings, debate, conferences, writing compositions on human traffic themes, drawing competitions.

We were constantly working with mass-media (TV programs, announcements and articles in newspapers and magazines) which helped us to inform people about traffic problem. Hot Line telephone was operating in the Female Resource Centre office. Qualified assistants were giving consultations to the people.