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Implemented projects :: Two little girls

Two little girls

TLGTrafficking in human beings, often described as “modern slavery”, is a serious crime associated with exploitation of people who are treated as commodity for sale. Trafficking is a highly lucrative business for traffickers, with gains between 7 and 8 billion annually worldwide. For the victims, human trafficking is always accompanied with violence, control, coercion and false promises. For the majority of people in Bulgaria this problem sounds unreal, or distant, but the truth is that this is one of the biggest risks for the well-being of citizens and society’s security at the moment.

Trafficking in human beings and particularly the children on move, as a cross-border phenomenon, affects the countries in Eastern Europe due to their geographical position which makes them primarily countries of origin and transit. The strategic location makes these countries particularly vulnerable to illegal channels for human trafficking and human smuggling. There are several other rationales that contribute for this situation such as economic inequalities between different strata of the societies due to educational reasons, unemployment and poverty.

In 2011, in collaboration with the National Commission for Combating Trafficking of Human Beings (NCCTHB), BFPA implemented the first stage of the campaign “Two Little Girls”. The campaign is based on short animated film aimed to inform young women in Eastern Europe of the danger of being sex trafficked. It follows the stories of two young women who were cruelly deceived by people they knew and trusted and were then trafficked into sex working against their will. The “Two Little Girls” campaign is currently active in eight countries in Eastern Europe (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Belarus, Romania & Lithuania).

The initial design of the campaign was done by the UK charity “EAVES” and was supported by various NGOs such as Ingrid Broad, Women’s Trust Fund, Network for Social Change, Staples Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Tudor Trust and Comic Relief. Early in 2012 a further grant was agreed by Comic Relief to allow campaigns in each country to develop a second phase following interesting initiatives developed during the first phase of the campaign.  Also extra support was given on the administrative and monitoring side.

In 2012 EAVES and BFPA introduced new pilot action targeting the children from the most vulnerable communities in Bulgaria. The approach relies on the involvement of Roma children in the design and elaboration of short animation that addresses the main causes for poverty. The approach has 2 inter-related sides: firstly the product will be produced following the identified local needs of the young people and secondly, while the children are involved in the design of the animation it creates room for dissemination of wide range of topics related to trafficking, gender, education etc.

 

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My Body, My Rights: Meeting of the Teams from Montana, Sofia and Yambol

Dolna Banya, September 2-4, 2020

Meeting of the teams on the project ‘My Body, My Rights’, supported by the prohgamme for socially responsible business “MSD for Mothers” took place in Dolna Banya on September 2-4, 2020. Special guests during the event were the Executive Director of ‘St. Sofia’ First OB Hospital Dr. Gergana Kolarova and the coordinator of BFPA in Pleven Dr. Krasimir Romanov. The priceless opportunity to have a direct dialog with Dr. Kolarova was highly appreciated by the team in Sofia and gave them the possibility to adjust the field efforts and optimize the collaboration with the hospital in the field of family planning.
Topics of the discussions during the three-day meeting were: what examinations to be done during the pregnancy and what is doing the gynecologist in the different stages; what are the benefits from health insurances; how much does it cost and how to recover health insurance rights; the benefits of visualization for understanding the information. Short educational films, developed to help the work at local level, were presented.
The work during the three days with health mediators and other colleagues working on the field from Montana, Sofia and Yambol included discussing the progress currently made and future activities trill the project end.
In the crisis months from the beginning of the year two tenth graders from Yambol were close to drop out from school due to the death of their parents, but the project team supported them and the boys will finish their secondary education. Two of the girls, trained on the project this year will be studying pedagogy in Veliko Tarnovo University.

 
The Learning action partnership was introduced to Safenet’s Cyber Scout Programme

Sofia, August 24, 2020

“I’m a 15-year old boy, in the ninth grade. Recently I met a girl in the social networks. After chatting a few days in Skype, we turned on cameras, send saucy pictures…. Now it transpires the girl is not a girl at all, I was recorded and being blackmailed, for money, for more pictures, otherwise the recordings will be made widely public. What do I do to get out of this situation?”
Another case:
“I’m in the sixth grade. A classmate who is a Facebook friend of our history teacher downloaded her picture and made her a professional profile in a porn site. What do I do, how do I react?”
The two cases are just a small part of the one-day training on the Cyber Scout programme for internet safety and online security for the members of the Learning action partnership (LAP). We talked about online bullying, online sexual exploitation, about the ways we should react, what rules apply, what is allowed and effective… We review different cases – from a threat from a pedophile regarding the security of a child to an innocent at first exchange between friends which escalates to online harassment that can have serious and long-term consequences for the victim’s life and mentality.

 
Capacity building in the fields of communication and advocacy

Dolna Banya, August 20-22, 2020

For three days – from August 20 to 22, 2020 BFPA’s team and Board together with representatives of key partners of the Association gathered at a outside-the-box work meeting in Dolna Banya. The public relations and civic law spepcialists Diana Damyanova and Ivana Murdjeva shared with the participants important accents of their professional expertise which are significant for better understanding the public environment as well as for communicating our messages.
The goal of the event was to analyze the needs of our target groups and of the environment we work in, bearing in mind the challenges for the NGO sector and the specificities in communicating with different audiences in order to be more successful when working in ”our” niche – health prevention, family planning, sexual and reproductive health. A short historical overview of the legislative environment and key normative documents was made.

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Implemented projects :: Two little girls