WOCON in furtherance of its commitment to the promotion of the rights of women and children has been in the fore front of the battle against the trafficking of women and children in Nigeria. WOCON’s focus on human trafficking dates back to 1996 when it participated in the first research study on the trafficking of women in Nigeria as part of an African Regional Study on trafficking commissioned by U.N Special Rapporteur on Violence against women its effects and consequences, Ms Rhadika Coomaraswamy.
WOCON pioneered the Launch of the campaign against trafficking of women on March 8 1997 in Lagos and has since engaged in sensitisation, awareness and advocacy campaigns in the International, Regional and Sub-Regional and National levels.
WOCON Lagos Office received researchers from College of William & Mary with AidData teams from United State of America, to gain more insights for better understanding on how policymakers access and use data to improve programming and resource allocation targeting vulnerable children, including refugee and migrant children, child laborers, and victims of human trafficking with all other forms of exploitation,
Event Title: Documentary on survivors of violence against women and panel discussion on initiatives for the prevention of violence against women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sponsors: Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) ECOSOC Accredited
Nigerian Ministry of Women Affairs
Event has been scheduled for
Date: Thursday, 7 March 2013
Time: 10:30 am
Venue: V-Hall Armenian Convention Center, 630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016
WOCON Ogun State staff and executive director at Seme Border for the return of rescued Beninese trafficked children to be reunited with their parents.
Immigration officials, Executive Director WOCON, Executive Secretary NAPTIP Carol Ndaguba and Representative of WOTCLE at Seme Border during the handover of the trafficked children from Benin Republic
Combating Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking
Despite the fact that the incidents of trafficking in children in Nigeria had been going on as far back as the 60s, the public recognition and focus on the issue however heightened only since the mid 90s. The recent awareness of trafficking in Nigeria resulted from the publicity generated by the deportation of trafficked persons for prostitution to Europe and the Middle East, which started in 1994.