Highlight Video of the Asia Pacific Women of Faith Network Seminar on Anti-Human Trafficking

On September 29, 2022, APWoFN hosted its first project for the year 2022, an anti-trafficking seminar under the theme “Tackling Human-Trafficking in Asia: Challenges and Best Practices.”
Approximately 40 participants gathered for a heated discussion on the issue of human trafficking in the Asia-Pacific region.

APWoFN is currently preparing an E-Book of the seminar. It will be posted on the ACRP website for your perusal later.

Please take a look at the video highlights of the seminar first.
URL: https://rfpasia.org/publication-resource/video/anti-human-trafficking/

Here is the full speech of Rev. Elga Sarapung, Chair of APWoFN.

“Good morning, good afternoon and good evening to all of you who are already present on this zoom screen, together with us, the Asia Pacific Women of Faith Network (APWoFN) of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP) also known as Religions for Peace Asia (RfP Asia).

The activity carried out today is the first activity from us, APWoFN for the next 5 years. We agreed, Human Trafficking as the first issue that will be followed by Climate Change and Peace Building.

Today’s activities will take place in several parts:
1. In terms of content, thoughts, sharing ideas and experiences of three elements in society : a) Women Religioous Leaders, represented by Hinduism, Dr. Deepali Bhanot, Co-President of Religions for Peace Asia, from India and Ms. Alison Rahill, Executive Officer Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia; b) State Agency, represented by the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection of the Republic of Indonesia, Mrs. Bintang Puspayoga; c) Represented Civil society/activist, Ms. Mary Girlie Glen, from the Philippines.
2. In terms of experience dealing with victims. We will be divided into two shelters. One in the Philippines, along with Ms. Melllanie P. Olano, Lead for National Aftercare Development Advocacy International Justice Mission, the Philippines. The other shelter is in Indonesia, together with Rev. Obertina Yohannis, Women Crisis Center Durebang Pasundan Christian Church in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
3. Reflections from the youth representative, Ms. Ayesha Samah, a member of the Youth Committee of Religions for Peace India.

With the main Moderator, Rev. Masamichi Kamiya, Senior Advisor of Religions for Peace Asia.

In each section, we don’t have much time to discuss in details. We hope that everything can go well, and we can benefit from this activity, which we will follow up by publishing an e-book of the materials obtained.

Happy discussion, sharing of thoughts and experiences and reflecting on leading to concrete joint action in preventing, handling and rehabilitating the lives of victims of human trafficking problems in our respective countries, in Asia-Pacific and around the world, which is already increasingly emergency, in order to get closer to Zero Human Trafficking.

Thank you.”

Rev. A. Elga J. Sarapung/Chair of APWoFN