UPDATE: THANK YOU! TOGETHER WE’VE BEEN HEARD
Here’s a short note from our youth campaigners, Sarita and Sabina
We have an exciting update to share with you.
On Monday, we handed your petition signature to our Mayor asking him to commit to ending the trafficking of girls in Nepal, and we are excited to announce that he has agreed to take action!
Thanks to you and 46,013 other people around the world, a new public awareness campaign will be launched, letting all girls in our local area know about the risks of trafficking.
This is exactly what we wanted and is an amazing result for our campaign.
We live on the open border with India where girls just like us are at risk. People come and pretend to be our boyfriends or offer us jobs but then they exploit us.
It’s so important that girls know the dangers of trafficking, what to look out for and what to do to take care. With your support we’re now one step closer to all girls being safe. Thank you.
But our campaign isn’t over.
This is just the start – together with Plan we will now work closely with our Mayor to make this happen, then to take it to our neighbours, and all the way up to the national government.
For now, we just wanted to say a huge thank you. Your messages of solidarity meant so much to us – it’s an incredible feeling to know so many people around the world are behind us and really care.
STAND WITH COURAGEOUS GIRLS TO STOP TRAFFICKING IN NEPAL
Every day, girls are being trafficked within Nepal, across the border into India and overseas.
They’re being forcibly taken, coerced, targeted by men posing as their boyfriends and lured with the promise of work and a new life.
Once they’re taken away from their homes, these girls are being sexually exploited in brothels.
They’re being forced into child marriage, domestic servitude and to work in clothes factories.
They’re being abused for others’ gain – and it has to stop.
Trafficking is a horrendous abuse of girls’ rights. But now we have a unique opportunity to support youth advocates like Sarita and Sabina, as they campaign to get their Mayor to take action.
That’s why we’re asking: will you stand with courageous girls to stop trafficking in Nepal?
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT
Nepal is in the middle of huge political change. Power is shifting from the national to the local level, but while the Government is transitioning, the traffickers aren’t stopping – so politicians can't either.
With such drastic political change, there’s a big opportunity. For the first time, there are newly-elected local Mayors with the power to develop local laws and action plans, and take responsibility for ending this abuse of girls’ rights.
They have the ability to make a difference to girls’ lives. Now we need them to commit to stop trafficking.