Maharashtra Government pledges to end trafficking @ICWT2017

The first-of-its-kind International Conference on Women Trafficking was organized by the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) in association with International Justice Mission (IJM). The two day Conference from 27-28 July 2017, at the JW Marriott, Juhu hosted over 400 participants, including speakers and delegates from 15 countries, including 21 Indian states.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the Conference in the presence of, Minister of Rural Development Women and Child Welfare, Government of Maharashtra, Mrs. Pankaja Munde; Minister Of State Women and Child Development, Government of Maharashtra, Mrs. Vidya Thakur; Chairperson, MSCW, Mrs. Vijaya Rahatkar; Second Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Hajia Samira Bawumia; Mr. Sajan Pillai, CEO, UST Global, Mr. Gary Haugen, CEO, IJM and Film Actor, Mr. Akshay Kumar.

At the inaugural session the MSCW signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Sanee Awsarmmel, on the support of the Hotel and Hospitality Industry in ending Human Trafficking. The guests on the dais launched the Annual report of the MSCW, a compilation of articles from participating organisations, titled, Securing Justice and stories and case studies of survivors titled, Restoring Freedom.

The Chief Minister addressed the gathering saying, “human trafficking, especially of children, is a scourge in society”, he appealed to the international community to collaborate and “end the menace”.

At the venue an installation series titled, The Justice Journey, was open to public viewing. Through the exhibits some forms of human trafficking- sex trafficking, cybersex trafficking and bonded labour, were depicted. This was followed by installations on how justice is served through government agencies, judicial process and rehabilitative support. A pledge wall for messages of hope and commitment to end trafficking marked the end of the exhibit.  

MSCW Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar explained, “The desire to bring people from various nations to this conference is to not only see the root of the issue, but to seek a solution—to set the scene for collaboration on anti-trafficking. This conference can be a new beginning for the cause.” 


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