IMPHAL: Project Mukti, an anti-trafficking project implemented in Manipur by FAB India Suraksha and supported by ECPA Luxembourg was awarded as winner and an Innovatve Sustaimable Development Project in North East achieving UN Sustainable Goal 16: “Peace, Justice & Strong lnstitution” during the 7th edition of Enabling North East Award-2019
With the theme of the event plenary ‘Sustaining the Pursuit of UN SDGs Post Covid-19 in North East India’, the award event concluded on June 20, 2020, as culmination of months of nomination process, and three days of virtual jury (conducted virtually due to Covid-19) for selecting the best sustainable development practices of North East India. The final event which was virtually the first declared 23 sustainable development projects (11 winners and 12 special mentions) of North East India as winners and special mention (runners up) in as many as 10 categories including- Access to Public Schemes, Citizen Services and e-governance Services, Agriculture & Rural Development, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, Livelihood and Income Generation, Education and Learning, Health and Sanitation; and Peace, Justice and Strong Institution.
K Moses Chalai, Secretary of the North Eastern Council (NEC) was the Chief Guest of the event along with speakers Dr. Nitya Nanda, Director, Council for Social Development (CSD), New Delhi, Dr Shiladitya Chatterjee, former bureaucrat and now advisor at Centre for Sustainable Development Goal Centre, Government of Assam, Dr. Monisha Behal, CEO, North East Network (NEN) Supriya Khound, Project Officer, United Nations Development Programme (North East Regional Office), Manoj Das, Managing Director, the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Lid (NERAMAC), a Central Public Sector Enterprise & Head. Advisory and Consultant and Business Facilitation Departments, North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd., M Ritupon Gogoi, Executive Director, Foundation tor Social Transformation, Guwahati, Dr. Oto Kshetrimayum, Fellow (Faculty) and Coordinator of the Centre for North East India in V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India, Monica Banerjee, Programme Director, ICCO, Raju Sharma, CSR Head, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd (Indigo) and Dr. Syed Chairman of the North East Award Platform11 innovative development projects of the region meeting the Sustainable Goals were declared as winners of 7th enabling North East (North East) Award 2019-2020. Project Mukti was the winner in the category of “Peace, Justice and Strong Institution”
Project Mukti is an anti trafficking initiative implemented in Imphal and Ukhrul districts of Manipur with the objective to reduce instances of child sexual abuse and human trafficking from the state. The project which is supported by ECPAT, Luxembourg is a multi partner project which aims to address trafficking issues in source, transit and destination and build linkages between them. Hence, the phase I of the project was implemented in Manipur, Assam, West Bengal (source states), Delhi (transit) and Goa (destination state).
In Manipur Project Mukti activities were based on prevention and protection. Through preventive interventions Mukti reached out to 19618 through its awareness programmes with community people and school children. It also reached out to local institutions and ran awareness generation activities with 2168 religious leaders, taxi union, village headmen. The project also builds capacities of 1354 law enforcement agencies, boarder officials, journalists, teachers and other Government laid child protection actors. It also activated vigilant mechanisms at schools and communities by forming Adolescent Clubs in schools and Vigilance Committee in the community of the intervention districts. 30 clubs has been formed so far and 21 Vigilance Committees has been formed. So far the project has been able to reach out to above 30000 adolescents in the districts and train 1702 of them through training and residential workshops. Apart from that the project has also provided direct and referral assistance and services to 254 victims of trafficking and child sexual abuse.
In 2019 Project Mukti had completed its first phase of intervention and began its 2 phase since February, 2020 with more state specific interventions in strengthening structures and systems to address Human Trafficking and Child Sexual abuse.