This awareness-raising campaign amongst politicians examines the roots and causes of human trafficking that range from poverty, inequality, discrimination, lack of economic opportunity and harmful socio-cultural practices.
It brings together about 30 parliamentarians and researchers from Lesotho, Mozambique and South Africa. Parliamentarians have a vital role to play in the eradication of human trafficking and in ensuring respect for the principles of human rights and they have an impressive range of tools at their disposal to do so. For example, they can debate, adopt and amend national legislation and policy to conform with the international standards set out by international instruments such as the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.
During the campaign, UNESCO launches its recent publications "Human Trafficking in Lesotho: Root Causes and Recommendations", "Human Trafficking in Mozambique: Root Causes and Recommendations", "Human Trafficking in South Africa: Root Causes and Recommendations" serving as a basis for the discussions.
This intersectorial project is organized by the UNESCO Social and Human Sciences and Culture Sectors and the UNESCO Offices in Maputo and Windhoek.