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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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Break the Silence: Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Violence of Children Could Happen Everywhere

Sofia, November 18, 2020

Break the Silence: November 18 is the European Day on protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual violence.
The first thing that comes to mind when we hear ‘sexual exploitation’ is usually connected with red lanterns, streets or roads with women (and men) sex workers, trafficking of human beings. Sexual exploitation of children could have also other faces – sex services in exchange of expensive things such as smart phone or modern accessory or at the cost of a lunch, sweets or instead of rent for parents’ accommodation. It can happen via internet and to affect minors before they become teenagers. That’s why it is needed to break the silence and to ask for zero tolerance concerning this ugly phenomenon. Statistics show that one of five children becomes victim of violence, including sexual. As parents we can prevent this: we can teach them for instance on the Rule of the Bathing Suit. It says that no one has the right to touch their body, especially where the body is covered by a swimming bathing suit. Medical examinations and manipulations as well don’t have to be allowed without their informed consent. The rule helps children to understand that their bodies are their own, that there is good and bad touching, as well es personal borders and social ethnic norms.

 
Six Small Projects in the Frame of LAP Supported

Sofia, October 2020

The second competition for small projects for organizations of Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place in June and July 2020. In the defined for collecting proposals deadline five proposals were presented, among which with the help of a special selected committee, as well of organizations members of LAP, for supporting were approved three:
Project ‘ACT>Re-Act>ImpACT! – innovative approach for advocacy of HGO concerning sexual exploitation of children’ of Re-Act Association has the ambition to develop innovative business oriented approach for effective advocacy of NGO with the help of professionals in marketing sphere.
Project ‘Can You See Me? – the hidden vulnerability of children from sexual exploitation and violence’ of ‘Parents’ Association will contribute for improving and effective applying of ‘Mechanism for reaction against harassment and violence in the institutions in the system of preschool and school education’ as exploring the gaps concerning prevention and its effective applying in cases of risk and/or cases of sexual exploitation and violence against children, including online.
Project ‘Individual Protection – advocating for changes in the legislation for individual assessment of children victims of sexual exploitation’ of Social Activities and Practices Institute (SAPI) is aiming to improve the policy and the law on individual assessment of children, victims of crimes, incl. sexual exploitation within the meaning of a directive 29/2012/ЕС.

 
Two round tables at the second year end of the project “My body, my rights”

Yambol, September 24, 2020
Montana, September 28, 2020

At the end of the second year of BFPA’s project “My body, my rights”, supported by the initiative for socially responsible business “MSD for mothers”, the association organized round tables on the need and benefits of family planning with a focus on vulnerable communities in two of the project locations. During the meetings a recap of the activities up to now was made and future ones were discussed for the third year. Both events were attended by  municipal representatives, Regional health inspectorate, Regional health insurance fund, health mediators, health specialists, representatives of local NGOs, Community support centers, social workers and most importantly – members of the target communities in which activities are implemented.
A special accent was BFPA’s new short animated products - “Family planning” and “Pregnancy with a smile”. The discussion was on the activities until now and their effect on improving the level of information in the target groups, the need for such activities in general, the best working communication channels in the Roma community, the role of the self help groups and the health mediators, the difficulties caused by COVID-19 and other problems, i.e. the duplication and decentralization of social activities from different institutions. A recapitulation of what has been done until now in Montana was made by Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Executive Director of BFPA and Petar Tzvetanov, local Project Coordinator, and for Yambol – Tzveta Petkova, member of NNHM’s Board and Kina Asenova, local Project Coordinator.

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Implemented projects :: Two little girls