Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How To Be an Anti-Human Trafficking Activist

Here at BASI we put a lot of emphasis of educating you about the current issues surrounding the sphere of human trafficking and modern day slavery. But raising awareness among our fantastic readers - you - can only go so far and we believe it is time for us to give you some ideas how you can take the fight for human rights and social justice into your own hands. Just let the story of 8-year-old Vivienne and her Make-a-Stand lemonade inspire you - anyone can campaign for change!

Here is a list of some ideas - these are things you can easily do in your school, university or workplace.

FUNDRAISING


  • Have a bake sale - The classic high school fundraiser. Why not sell some lovely homemade brownies, have a laugh with your friends and raise some money for [free-them] or another charity of your choice!
  • Film showing - Over the past month we have introduced you to several fantastic films about the issues of human trafficking. You could choose "Back to Innocence" if you are looking for a short, lunch-time break piece or a full-blown movie like "Trade of Innocents" or a documentary entitled "The Price of Sex". The options are endless.
  • Social event - If a film showing seems a little too boring to you, you could organise a proper party or a ball and make sure a percentage of the proceeds from ticket sales go towards a charity in your area. You and your friends get to doll up, put on their smart attire and maybe even talk to that boy/girl you have been eyeing in the hallways (it does not really matter whether you are 15 or 51... crushes are crushes!) - all the while contributing to a worthy cause.
  • Sorority/fraternity - If you are a member of a sorority (US), you could try to bring the issue of human trafficking up with your sisters or brothers. In the UK, you could try to society talk to the President of your society and see if he or she would be willing to organise a fundraiser with you.
  • Calendar - This is a bit of a cliche and certainly not for everyone, but many organisations fundraise with the use of calendars featuring scantily clad hotties. At my home university members of the biggest sports teams annually shed their clothes to reveal muscular bodies and raise some money for a prominent charity - needless to say, the calendars completely sold out within 36 hours last year! If you are courageous, this will sure get people talking about the issue (while ogling the models...).


RAISING AWARENESS

  • Human trafficking awareness day - Naturally, raising awareness even without raising money is very important. If you are still in middle or high school, it should not be difficult to organise an awareness day centred around the issue of human trafficking. You could even incorporate a bake sale or a film showing as suggested above. 
  • Write for the school paper - Many high schools and universities have their own publications, to which talented students can contribute their own work. Why not write about the issue of human trafficking? This website should provide you with plenty of information on the topic - do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any materials or help with writing your piece! Help us spread the word and make the world a better place!
  • Post fliers on the school bulletin board - People are often too lazy to read a long article... If you post a colourful flier on the school bulletin board, highlighting the main issues of modern day slavery, you are sure to catch bypassers' eyes without making them put in any effort.
  • Debate - Debating societies often host open-door events, giving everyone a chance to contribute to the discussion. Talk to the person in charge of the next event and suggest that they choose human trafficking as their next topic du jour. This will allow participants to try to find creative solutions to the issue and who knows - perhaps one of them will strike gold?
Schools and universities are a place to get educated - it is not just about learning the things on your syllabus, but about becoming a well-rounded adult with good general knowledge of many useful topics. Help your friends and classmate - or potentially your co-workers - gain a better idea of the issues in our world and raise some money to fight social injustice today!*

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