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Together we can help the global campaign to end human trafficking September 30th 2014
In 2012 I was delighted to be asked to get involved with an innovative new arts project designed to raise awareness of human trafficking.
The ground-breaking project, conceived and led by the inspirational Ben Kaye, was something of a first; ‘Anya17’, a thought-provoking, emotionally-charged opera exposing the plight of victims of sex trafficking.
Since its premiere in 2012, it feels like the issue of sex trafficking has been in the international media headlines nearly every day. Thankfully, there are some great organisations shining the spotlight on the horrors of an ‘industry’ that preys on the vulnerable and dispossessed, and I urge you to lend them your support, if you can, or at least to learn more about this terrible modern-day slavery. Yes, their charity blogs, websites and other communications make uncomfortable reading, but perhaps together if we each do something, no matter how small, we might be able to make a difference.
You can connect with a range of charity and non-profit organisations leading the fight against people trafficking, including:
Two years later after its well-received inaugural performance, Anya17 continues to raise awareness of sex trafficking by taking its powerful message around the world. You can find out more here
Cruelty-free cosmetics: EU bans animal testing for beauty! March 12th 2013
Ethical consumers, animal lovers and compassionate companies are celebrating this month.
After more than 20 years of campaigning, the EU has finally banned animal testing for cosmetics!
This is a fantastic example of how professional, innovative and committed international campaigning can make a real difference.
Having personally managed the Leaping Bunny programme (the ‘kitemark’ for cruelty-free beauty products), and now as the global relationships advisor to Cruelty Free International, I am delighted to have played a small part in this amazing, long-fought campaign.
Thank you if you helped to achieve this victory for animals and cruelty-free beauty.
Here’s how we did it!
Raising awareness of human trafficking: Anya17 January 19th 2012
With only two months until its première on 7th March 2012 in Liverpool, I’d like to spotlight this incredible arts project that I support – a unique, contemporary and highly topical new opera: Anya17.
Composed by ‘British Composer Award’ Winner Adam Gorb to a libretto written by Ben Kaye, Anya17 aims to raise awareness of the secret world of sex trafficking, where up to 800,000 young women and children are trafficked into the EU every year.
Anya17 exposes the intertwined lives of those sold into sexual slavery as they fight to survive.
The opera has its première in Liverpool on 7th March followed by a performance on 9th March at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Why I support Anya17
I first heard about Anya17 when I was developing this charity comms and careers blog with designer Anna Celeste Watson. Anna had just started to talk to Ben Kaye about a website for Anya17 and I was shocked to hear about the living hell that trafficked women and children face every day.
NGO’s estimate that there is likely to be a sex trafficking victim forcibly working in a house or flat just 20 minutes’ drive from your own doorstep, no matter where you live in the UK. Just think about that for a moment. It’s a horrifying thought isn’t it, and one that should make us all want to stand up and do something to end this modern day slavery.
With my charity comms background, I’ve been doing my bit with online promotions and helping to recruit the project’s two digital marketing managers. But there’s much more we can all do to get involved. And here’s why we should come together to fight this despicable trade.