SELF-ORGANISED GROUPS IN THE ALLIANCE: Affirming the role of very small organisations and directly affected groups – including trafficking survivors, migrant women, sex workers, rural women, women workers, and returnee migrant women – in anti-trafficking efforts.
GAATW has always highlighted the pivotal role of women directly affected by trafficking and/or anti-trafficking measures in anti-trafficking efforts. The self-organised groups (or groups comprising women with direct experience of the issue they are working on, e.g. domestic worker-led groups) in our membership have articulated: how anti-trafficking measures have impacted their lives; how they envision human rights based anti-trafficking practices; how processes of personal recovery and activism intersect; how policies intersect with women's aspirations and their realities; the difficulties in accessing support if they operate outside of mainstream NGO frameworks; and an analysis that stems from lived experience of various issues.
Self-organised groups' issues and priorities will be woven into the 3 programmatic directions above and integrated across all GAATW programmes. However, we will also continue to maintain spaces for collaboration with self-organised groups that may fall outside of the 3 directions above.
SOG Members List (Click on the names of the organisations below to read more about their work and contact information)
• Action for Reach Out (AFRO)
• Asociacion Civil de DDHH Mujeres Unidas Migrantes Y Refugiadas en Argentina (AMUMRA)
• Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong (ATKI-HK)
• Cambodia Prostitutes' Union (CPU)
• Sindicato de Trabajadoras Domesticas(SINTRASEDOM)
• Movimiento de Mujeres Unidas (MODEMU)
• National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM)
• Sanayar-thi Pan
• Self-Empowerment Program for Migrant Women (SEPOM)
• Shakti Samuha
• Sex Workers' Network of Bangladesh (SWNOB)
• Respect & Relevance, GAATW Report 2007
• Speak Out, Take Action (Sex Worker's organisations in Bangladesh, Cambodia & India raise their voices against police brutality, GAATW 2004)
• "Partners in Change" Conference (2002) – stories of women's collectives & report
• Advocacy video project on Overcharging - IMW's say NO to Overcharging
All of the above roles depend on a diverse range of communication with our networks. The primary goal of GAATW’s communications work is to promote global representation and equal access to relevant information and knowledge that is essential in strengthening the Alliance. As the International Secretariat of a diverse network, GAATW engages across many communication styles, cultures and media to share and exchange information between Member Organisations.
GAATW’s communication services will continue to reflect the needs of the Alliance, in order to provide clear and timely responses in the anti-trafficking discourse. GAATW-IS aims to provide effective communication services through publications, online resources, and multi-media projects to carry forward the voices and knowledge of members, partners and affected groups at local, regional, and international levels.
ACTIVITIES IN 2017
As the Secretariat of a global alliance, communication is at the core of all our work. We regularly share relevant information with our members and encourage member-to-member communications. Most of our projects are documented in high-quality publications. While some colleagues take responsibility for the technical aspect of publications, such as layout and designing and distributions, colleagues with thematic responsibilities prepare the content. All content goes through an internal and sometimes an external review.
Our e-Bulletin contains information about our and our members work, as well as interviews, analyses and commentaries and a list of resources. The bulletin is sent to a mailing list of over 1000 individuals from our member organisations, partners, allies, international organisations and academia. Anyone who wishes can subscribe here. We also publish a Spanish-language e-bulletin for our members and allies in Latin America.
Since 2012, we have been publishing a peer-reviewed academic journal called the Anti-Trafficking Review. The journal promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking. A peer-reviewed, open access publication with a readership in over 100 countries, the Review offers an outlet and space for dialogue between academics, practitioners, trafficked persons and advocates seeking to communicate new ideas and findings to those working for and with trafficked persons. The journal is abstracted/indexed in: Cross Ref, Ulrich’s, Ebsco Host, Directory of Open Access Journals, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, World Cat, eGranary, e-journals.org, ProQuest, CNKI and ScienceOpen. After bringing out one issue per year for three years, since 2015 we produce two issues per year. In 2017, the eighth issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review explored the role of evidence, research and data in anti-trafficking work. The ninth issue, which will be published in September, will explore the lessons that history might hold for today's anti-trafficking work.
We also post regularly on our Facebook page and Twitter.
The GAATW International Secretariat (GAATW-IS) will continue to use research, participatory learning, advocacy and communication tools to realise the vision and mission of the Alliance.
GAATW’s research plays a substantial role in shaping and shifting global anti-trafficking discourses. Much of GAATW’s research has been action-oriented, feeding local or international change processes and done in collaboration with Members and allies.
Members’ involvement in research projects will maximise the knowledge and experience within the Alliance and ensure that research activities are relevant. In general, our research prioritises documenting women’s experiences and agency in order to advance global anti-trafficking discourses, strengthens our advocacy messages, creates a sound evidence base with the objective of promoting and protecting the human rights of trafficked persons, and expands knowledge in under-researched areas.
Overall, we seek to destabilise the dominant perception of women as victims in isolated, crime-centred responses to trafficking. Instead, we strive to present a complex picture of empowerment through migration, work, and human rights based approaches.
ACTIVITIES IN 2017
This year we are conducting a research project to document if and how sex workers organising helps to prevent and address abuses in the sex industry, including trafficking. The research covers seven countries across the world (Canada, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, India, Thailand and New Zealand with at least one sex workers rights organisation in each country. We hope that ultimately, state authorities and NGOs will recognise sex workers organisations as legitimate anti-trafficking stakeholders and provide them with support, including financial, for anti-trafficking work.
GAATW works in a three-year programme cycle. Developing the Alliance’s strategic direction for the following three years is done in consultation with Member Organisations, and other individuals, networks, and organisations that work in partnership with GAATW. This consultation happens primarily at the triennial International Members Congress and Conference (IMCC). Strategic discussions also happen at regional or thematic consultations held during the multi-year programme.
In the past two planning cycles (2005-2007 and 2008-2010), GAATW adopted a two-pronged, approach involving (1) critical engagement with the anti-trafficking framework and (2) linking trafficking with gender, migration, and labour frameworks. This approach was not new for GAATW, which since its inception, had understood trafficking experiences as gendered and occurring in a broader context of migration and work and thought it critical to engage with the anti-trafficking framework. However, by separating gender, labour and migration and analysing their intersections with trafficking we were able to better engage with related movements and understand lines of overlap and tension.
In 2015 GAATW-IS receives its main financial support from the Global Fund for Women, Women's World Day of Prayer, Dan Church Aid, ILO Department for International Development, Bread of the World, the Swiss Development Agency Cooperation and Caritas France.