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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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Second training of the peer educators from Sofia Academy for health education

Petrohan, April 12-14, 2019

In the three days between April 12 and 14 took place the second module of the preparation of peer educators from the Health and Sexuality Education Youth Academy, realized with the support of the PIST directorate of Sofia Municipality. The focus of the second stage of education was upon elaboration of communication skills, teambuilding and team work, acquiring of knowledge about the prevention of trafficking of human beings, knowledge of hygiene as a starting point to peer education, adopting healthy eating habits and preventing eating disorders, work with vulnerable groups. In addition to health knowledge, the future peer educators acquired also social and personal ones – how to define one’s personal space – useful when working with young people with disabilities, and how to plan their own free time.

 
The health mediators from Montana, Zaichar and Pirot share their experience

Zaechar – Pirot, March 20-21, 2019 

On March 20th and 21st 2019 the health mediators from Montana participated in working meetings with their colleagues in Zaichar and Pirot. The meetings are organized by BFPA and  take place within the final phase of the ZOV (HEA) programme (Health and Education for All), supported by the Bulgarian – Swiss Cooperation Programme. Besides the members of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) from Montana, in the study trip were included health specialists working with vulnerable communities in the field, representatives of the Regional Health Inspectorate and of the local municipality. Their colleagues were expecting them in Serbia: representatives of local authorities, local NGOs in Zaichar and Pirot, health specialists, volunteers from the vulnerable local communities.
The key topics on which Bulgarian and Serbian colleagues worked together were exchange of ideas, presenting good practices related to improving the access to health services, education and social services for marginalized groups. The health mediators from Montana were selected to share their experience due to the good results they achieved in their work on the ZOV Programme.

 
First field activities under the Project “My Body, My Rights”

Sofia, Montana, Yambol, February 18-28, 2019

 Partners in the project ‘My Body, my Rights’ (2018–2021) gathered in Sofia on February 25 and 26, 2019 to exchange experience and information. The initiative for health care, information and services for vulnerable people from marginalized families is implemented in Sofia, Yambol and Montana. The meeting gathered the team of BFPA, local project coordinators and health mediators form the three locations, as well as municipalities representatives.
So far, the project team conducted 24 focus groups in the three project locations Montana, Sofia and Yambol - 6 in each one. Participants in the focus groups were girls and boys aged 12-15, 16-25 and over 25 years old. The aim is to explore the attitudes of young people in the communities (especially marginalized groups) towards the family planning services offered and whether they can take independent decisions about their reproductive health.

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Implemented projects :: Two little girls