In 2011-2013, GAATW will continue to call for a holistic understanding of trafficking. GAATW's research and advocacy will start from the premise that trafficking is embedded within gendered migration and labour contexts, and women's complex realities. As such, an integrated approach is a sustainable one. GAATW's very diverse membership has stressed that anti-trafficking strategies must reflect and respond to local and regional socio-political contexts and that a global, one-size-fits-all solution may be untenable. Thus, some of our work will respond to specific local contexts. As always our work will centre the voices of affected groups and aim to be relevant to the lives of trafficked persons, migrating women workers, sex workers and other marginalised groups.

 

GAATW's core directions during 2011-2013 include:

1. ACCOUNTABILITY: Advocating for the accountability of anti-trafficking stakeholders in all responses to trafficking to end harms caused by repressive anti-trafficking assumptions, policies and measures.

GAATW's focus on accountability builds on GAATW's 2007 publication Collateral Damage: The Impact of Anti-Trafficking Measures on Human Rights Around the World; 2009-2010 advocacy for a review mechanism to the UN Convention on Transnational Organised Crime; 2009 discussions on access to justice at the Latin America and African Regional Consultations; and 2010 publication Feeling Good about Feeling Bad: a Global Review of Evaluation in Anti-Trafficking Initiatives.

GAATW will focus efforts on critically reviewing the impact of national, regional and international policies, frameworks, agreements and treaties, as well as donors and implementing agencies approaches to trafficking. Such analysis will assist GAATW in both calling for the accountability of anti-trafficking stakeholders as well as analysing the impact of anti-trafficking measures on affected groups; and of our own anti-trafficking efforts.

 

2. ACCESS TO JUSTICE: Increasing and broadening spaces within which trafficked persons and migrant workers can access their rights.

The programme will seek to increase and broaden the spaces within which trafficked persons and migrant workers can access their rights by increasing the knowledge of key human rights stakeholders on specific barriers which prevent access to trafficked persons and migrant workers rights; building the capacity of member organisations to pursue cases through regional and international human rights treaty bodies (some of which use a non-discrimination framework); taking at least one relevant case to a regional or international human rights treaty body; enhancing awareness among the wider public of trafficked persons and migrant workers' obstacles to their rights; and exploring how discrimination intersects with women's and practitioners' attempts to access justice and enjoying their rights .

 

3. 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.

Centring an analysis on women's power in their labour and migration can assist in guarding against protectionism in labour migration policies (e.g. restricting women's migration for their safety) and allow a more thorough analysis of how labour migration policies reflect migrant's needs, aspirations and capabilities. Centring 'power in migration and work' can also assist our understanding of, and efforts towards, economic justice for migrants, workers' power in recruitment processes, trafficked persons' power in assistance processes, smuggling, and migrant workers' rights in the Middle East and other under-researched areas, to name a few examples.

 

4. 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.