Imphal: FXB India Suraksha as part of its project Mukti-an Anti-Trafficking project to address issues of human trafficking and child sexual abuse supported by ECPAT, Luxembourg organized a one-day training programme for adolescent boys and girls to create community resistance against Human trafficking and child sexual abuse at Heirok part-ll, Thoubal district.
In a press release, it stated that the program was organized in partnership with Ningol Club, Heirok. Ningol Club is one of the youth club in Thoubal especially for adolescent girls. A total of 38 adolescents participated during the programme. The primary objective of the programme was to aware the children on the issues related to human trafficking and child exploitation and how they can become torch bearers in the society in addressing those issues.
Sunil Meitei, Project Officer, FXB India Suraksha, Imphal was the resource person during the programme.
During the programme, the participants were trained on the basics of Child Protection and Safety, where they were told about the roles and responsibilities that families, communities, institutions and as a nation has in order to create a safe space for children to lead their life in dignity. The participants were informed about the different forms of abuse, how to identify whether there is abuse or not, the preventive measures and redressal mechanisms available. The participants were also given a session on body mapping where a discussion on good touch and bad touch was initiated. The children during the session identified the persons they can trust and the need to report if they come across any form of violence, said the release.
During the session, the speaker also spoke about different provisions laid out by the legal system in the country in protecting children. While sharing the same, he also talked about different institutions and structures available in the state, district and communities where they can reach out at the time of distress.
Sunil Meitei said, “While we have different provisions to protect our children in the communities, it’s your duty as children to be aware of such issues so that you could discuss the same with others and help someone from any kind of abuse or trafficking. Inculcating leadership quality and enhancing knowledge and skills will surely help us to combat such kinds of crimes from the society.”
The children found the session very interesting and shared their own views and queries. They also agreed to have an adolescent club where they could meet up together and discuss such issues. FXB India Suraksha is currently implementing Phase ll of Project Mukti in Manipur.
Till now, it has reached out to more than 15, 000 children through various activities generating awareness and building their capacities as change makers in the society.