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Orange the world campaign kicks off at SHC

Some of the volunteers pose with Fr Joshua Liew (holding the booklet) in front of Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing, Nov 2017.

KOTA KINABALU – An introduction to the ‘Orange the World’ campaign by Archbishop John Wong, followed by a video entitled “Broken Dreamers” which illustrated the unfortunate stories of human trafficking victims, kicked off the 16 Days of Activism for this year.

The event took place at the conclusion of the Sunset Mass on 25 Nov 2017, where staff and volunteers from Good Shepherd Services staged a two-day activity at Sacred Heart Cathedral to begin its commencement. Similarly, Sunday morning followed the same flow.

The parishioners leaving church were greeted by a group of “victims” – handled by their employers in the form of a pimp – lined the entrance of the church. The crowd were taking pictures and pondering, but more importantly, a significant insight into the dark world of human trafficking was gained.

To mark the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence with the theme “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls,”  Good Shepherd Services launched the booklet 16 days of Prayer for the Nation.

“This booklet gives a glimpse inside the maze of human trafficking. Each of the sixteen articles tells a story that speaks powerfully of the violence, trauma, and grief experienced by survivors and advocates,” said Chin Poh Choo, the Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services.

Each year, the global campaign kicks off with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov 25 and ends on Dec 10, International Human Rights Day. Since 2008, the UN Women, under the “Orange the World” umbrella, has been galvanizing global attention and action to end violence against women and girls. The official colour used is orange, which symbolises a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls.

This year’s Orange The World campaign is a maiden initiative undertaken by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia, Council of Churches Malaysia, National Evangelical Christian Fellowship and the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism, in collaboration with the Good Shepherd Services, to stand united as Malaysian Christians of all faiths, to raise awareness to eliminate this menace, to come together in prayer for victims of human trafficking, and to reflection and action to end violence against women and children.

An estimated 21 million people are trafficked globally, out of which 71 percent are women and girls. About 5.5 million children are trafficked. This heinous business generates about US$150 billion in profits each year for those behind it.

“Human trafficking is an issue which disproportionately affects women and children, and turning a blind eye and a deaf ear will literally make us complicit in this crime,” said Chin.

Chin said: “As we listen to the voices of those that have been oppressed and exploited through the stories, it is our hope that we are also able to discern the voice of justice calling us to action for all trafficked women and children who are oppressed, exploited and in bondage.” – Mary Anne Baltazar

MCCBCHST-GSS to initiate campaign awareness to end human trafficking

KUALA LUMPUR – As a follow-up to the Joint Declaration Against Human Trafficking which was held on 30 July 2017, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) in collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) is initiating a 16-day campaign to raise awareness and end human trafficking of women and children in our country.

In relation to this, the launch of the ‘Orange the World: Say No to Violence Against Women and Children 16-Day campaign’ will be held as follows:

Date:   Sat, 25th Nov 2017
Time:   3pm to 5pm
Venue: Rumah Uskup Agung,
528 Jalan Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur

LIVE broadcast @ https://Tv.ArchKL.org

More information is made available through following websites; https://www.pkgs.org.myhttps://www.burningbush.org.my, and https://www.archkl.org

Malaysian faith leaders sign anti-trafficking pledge

Interfaith Joint Declaration Against Human Traficking,  Archbishop’s House,  30 July 2017.  Ten Faith Leaders came together to sign the declaration.

KUALA LUMPUR – Ten leaders from different religions in Malaysia have signed an Inter-Faith Joint Declaration against Human Trafficking, in an event hosted by the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese on 30 July 2017.

The faith leaders jointly declared that, “every girl, boy, woman and man is a free person, and all exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity. That people are trafficked and exploited physically, economically, sexually and psychologically for the profit, benefit and pleasure of others goes against the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity.”

Signatories included Venerable Sing Kan of the Malaysian Buddhist Association, Rev Dr Eu Hong Seng of the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship, CM Kopalan of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam and Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim of Kuala Lumpur.

The faith leaders were also the first to light up the virtual Tree of Hope, treesofhope.info, a website created to encourage people to take concrete action against human trafficking.

Also present to witness the signing of the declaration were Cardinal Soter Fernandez, Retired Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam and Datin Paduka Mother A Mangalam.

The joint declaration, held on the United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, was an initiative spearheaded by Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese in collaboration with the Conference of Religious Major Superiors Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei.

“This joint declaration is just our first step,” said Archbishop Leow.

“People of faith must play their part in the fight against human trafficking, and I ask everyone to consider what each of us can do. It may be something as simple as talking about the issue with our friends, or learning how to spot a possible victim,” he said.

“On a broader level, the various religious groups can share resources on anti-human trafficking activities,” he added. – ucanews.com

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