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Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

Human Rights
at home, abroad and on the way...

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Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

Human Rights
at home, abroad and on the way...

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The GAATW Story

The story of GAATW is the story of women; it is a story of women building alliances across borders. This story also marks a moment of maturity in the feminist movement when women

  • acknowledged that the vision of global sisterhood is fraught with numerous tensions, including those of class, race, sexuality and nationality;

  • realized that they needed to listen before speaking on behalf of other women;

  • conceded that alliances, feminist or otherwise, are built around unequal power relationships;

  • understood that solidarities for political action can only be effective if one is able to negotiate different agendas.

Many of the founding mothers of GAATW are women from the global south who had personal experiences of migration and dislocation. As politically active women all of them had engaged with issues of violence against women in various contexts: at homes, at work places, during armed conflict and through sex tourism. Years of involvement with the situation of migrant women, both in countries of origin and destination, had led them to rethink issues of migration and trafficking. As migrant women themselves, albeit with comparatively better social privileges, they were drawn to the plight of women from their own countries in the industrialized North.

As caregivers, translators, interviewers and advocates in law courts, they (women who later founded GAATW) had heard the stories of their compatriots who had undertaken multiple journeys in search of their dreams. Typically, the stories were narrated while the women (who were telling their stories) were in a difficult situation. Promises made to them by the agents/recruiters were broken, conditions at work were unbearable, or after years of hard work, they had returned home without much financial gain. However, each story was a testimony to the women

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Strategic Thematic Direction

During 2011-13, through our Power in Migration and Work thematic programme, we engaged more directly with the migrant rights and labour rights movements. During 2014-2016 our work will build on the work of previous years; we will continue to push for a human rights based approach in anti-trafficking policies and practices.  We will also deepen our engagement with the issue of migration and labour.

The three thematic strategic issues outlined below are continuations of our work during 2011-13.

ACCOUNTABILITY Increasing the accountability of all anti-trafficking stakeholders involved in the design or implementation of anti-trafficking responses, towards the persons whose human rights they purport to protect.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE Broadening spaces for trafficked persons and migrant workers to practice their human rights by improving access to justice and combating all forms of discrimination that impact women’s ability to exercise their human rights as they relate to trafficking.

POWER IN MIGRATION AND WORK Centring an analysis of women’s power in their labour and migration to better assess migration and labour policies’ impact on women, and to work towards labour and migration processes that reflect migrants’ needs, aspirations and capabilities.