EQUAL 2005-2007

Equal – Co-operation against trafficking

The year of 2005 the (EQUAL) development partnership “Co-operation against trafficking” started – a unique cooperation where authorities, churches, museums, universities and non governemental organisations, among them BalticFem, participates. The co-operation will continue during three years.

The development partnership’s work is organised in three thematic areas:

  • Authorities working togehter against human trafficking
  • Action Worthy Life (network of non governemental organisations).
  • Awareness raising and advocacy

Co-operation against trafficking is funded by the European Union / European Social Funds.

Do you want to learn more about BalticFem’s contribution to “Co-operation against trafficking” please contact Margareta Spång, margareta@balticfem.com.


SUMMARY

Trafficking in human beings is a complex problem rooted in poverty and lack of gender equality. The problem is global in it’s nature and it’s extent has increased since the break up of the Soviet Union. According to the National Criminal Investigation Department, approximately 600 women and an unknown number of children are yearly transported to Sweden for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Even though trafficking has become an issue of political priority, much work still remains concerning development of methods for the collaboration between authorities and organisations related to law enforcement as well as in the work with victims of trafficking and concerning attitudinal change on a general level. This proposal takes prior analysis of previous experiences of anti-trafficking work as a starting point.

Problem

1) The insufficient collaboration and co-ordination between authorities and non governmental organisations (NGOs) as regards law enforcement of traffickers, pimps and sexbuyers as well as concerning the provision of dignified support and rehabilitation to the women, girls, boys and men victims of trafficking to Sweden.

2) The insufficient and unsatisfactory support given to the individual woman, girl, boy or men concerning accommodation, social support, rehabilitation, employment and possibilities to building another life.

3) The need to work for attitudinal change in society concerning how women, girls, boys and men subjected to trafficking in human beings are seen and treated, views on prostitution and power relations between women and men, girls and boys.

Aim and goal

Overall aim

The overall aim is that trafficking in human beings is reduced and that a dignified program for support and return is developed for those victims of the trade.

Project goals

The collaboration shall achieve changes in the attitudes and priorities among authorities and the civil society including NGOs, church communions and culture institutions as well as at an individual level through development of knowledge, exchange of experiences, development of common strategies and a debate in the society as regards trafficking and it’s structural, economic and genderbased reasons and it’s consequences for the individual.

The collaboration between authorities, non-governmental organisations, nationally and internationally, will ensure the development of routines aiming at ensuring efficient law enforcement as well as to offer persons of the trade an adequate and co-ordinated support, as well as the development of alternative income-opportunities, both for preventive as well as rehabilitative purposes.

DP partners

Kvinnoforum, Hela Människan, Baltic Fem, the Office of the Public Prosecutor; the Association Male Network, the Police Authority in the County of Västra Götaland, the Museum of World Cultures, The City of Stockholm, Caritas Sweden, the Baptist Church in Sweden.

Project participants

The Swedish Migration Board (Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö), the County Administration of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, The Stockholm Criminal Police, The Prostitutiongroups of Gothenburg and Malmö, the University of Gothenburg.

Projects

The work will be organised in three areas of work and 11 projects:

Area of work 1) Collaboration between authorities

Project 1: Collaboration between authorities in the County of Stockholm

Project 2: Collaboration between authorities in the County of Gothenburg

Project 3: Collaboration between authorities in the County of Malmö

Project 4: Development of E-portal

Project 5: Analysis and strategies

Area of work 2) Network for return

Project 1: Meeting point for development of international contacts

Project 2: Regional resource team

Project 3: Income opportunities

Area of work 3) Awareness raising and advocacy

Project 1: Exhibition on trafficking with complementing pedagogic activities and programs

Project 2: Research

Project 3: “Look within”

Joint DP- and transnational activities

The DP will implement joint activities through continuous meetings, three major conferences and joint information material. Furthermore the DP will collaborate transnationally with the DP “Tratta No- modelli innovativi di informazione strategica nel contesto della trata” from Italy, with “Atvertu darba tirgu sievetem” from Latvia and “ASPIDDA” – Developmental Partnership to Promote Equal Rights for Trafficked Persons. The collaboration between the four DPs aim at increasing the awareness on trafficking in human beings, the work on changes in attitudes, for exchange of experiences and knowledge between authorities and grass-root organisations, exchange of polices and praxis and instruments. The work will be carried out through the development of a moving exhibition, IT based multimedia personal stories, study visits in the respective countries, workshops for exchange of experiences and a final impact seminar in Brussels.

Organisation

The DP gathers a wide spectrum of actors who jointly will ensure to fulfil the goals of the partnership through a mutual learning process.

Kvinnoforum has been appointed as co-ordinator in charge of the content and process. Hela Människan has been appointed as administrative and financial co-ordinator. The activities within each area of work will be carried out by a working group (project participants and DP partners) with an area co-ordinator responsible towards the UP. The main co-ordinator, the financial co-ordinator an the area co-ordinators form an administrative group which continuously follows and co-ordinates the work in the projects.