127 voluntary returnees arrived safely yesterday 2nd April 2019 from Libya and WOCON (represented by Ms. Morenike Omaiboje(Director of Programmes) was invited under the umbrella of Network of CSOs Against Child Trafficking, Child Abuse and Labour "(NACTAL), to attend the press briefing and the profiling of the returnees.
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.
Pictures from makoko community out reach on the 5-12-2018 on Campaign Against Sex Trafficking (C-A-S-T 2018) .. Venue:Makoko round about tabs, Lagos. .... About 40stakeholders including igbo, Hausa and Even Community, the Ashupa of Makoko, the chief Imam, the pastor of Celestial Church of Christ, members of Federation of Muslim Women of Nigeria (FOMWON) , youths, community leaders, market women and the District Police Officer (DPO) were all in attendance.... Presentation given was centred around the following.. 1.Raising Youth as Change Agents .2.
WOCON atNew Era Girls Secondary School, Surulere Lagos, took its school base advocacy to the senior secondary girls of the school which also happens to be the Alma mater of our Director of Programmes, Mrs Morenike Omaiboje.
The Governor of Mrs Morenike Omaiboje's set 1970/1974 Mrs Adenike Bankole and another class mate, Alhaja Longe (both old girls ) were there to grace the occassion .
WOCON Team was at Gbaja Senior Girls High School Surulere on 21st of February 2019. This school outreach is in continuation of our Equality Now - sponsored Campaign Against Sex Trafficking (C-A-S-T 2018) project. The student, 100 in all are SS1, SS2 and final year SS3 students of the public secondary school in Lagos. The interactive session entertained over 20 interesting questions from the students after they listened to the topic "Human Traffickers' Recruitment Methods, Sexual Slavery and Abuse, Who can be Vulnerable and What can be done when help is needed?
RESPONDING TO THE TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
UNODC’S Theme for this Year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
Although the magnitude of the problem of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in Nigeria is underscored by the lack of empirical statistical data, there is however abundant evidence that thousands of Nigerian women and millions of children are being trafficked externally across Borders and within the country.
On behalf of International Organization for Migration (IOM), WOCON implemented a Project funded by the European Union titled ‘Prevention of Irregular Migration and Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria’ at targeted communities of Owode -Apa and Seme in Lagos State and Ajegunle and Idiroko in Ogun State where 257 youth including Artisans, young women and students from secondary and tertiary institutions were trained and sensitized against human trafficking and irregular migration.