Dr Durgabai Deshmukh Centre for Women’s Studies Andhra University in association with AP Mahila Commission and International Justice Mission organized a Symposium on “ Human Trafficking: Preventive Measures” and launched “Anti-Human Trafficking Club” in Andhra University by the Chief Guest Vasireddy Padma Chairperson, AP Mahila Commission.
In the inaugural address, the Vice Chancellor Prof P.V.G.D. Prasad Reddy stressed that the dignity and rights of women are highly important. He promised that AU administration will give full support for the activities of Anti-Human trafficking club which would be run by Dr Durgabai Deshmukh Centre for Women’s Studies in association with AP Mahila Commission and International Justice mission.
P M Nair, Retd IPS, the father of institutionalised anti-human trafficking efforts in the Indian subcontinent, in his key note address stressed the need for focus ‘prevention of human slavery’. He called for the youth to participate in the eradication of social problems and extended invitation to all the stakeholders to initiate village level, ward level student, community contribution and collaboration to work in a united front to stop this social menace.
Vasireddy Padma, Chairperson, AP Mahila Commission extended greetings on the occasion. She recalled the services rendered by govt machinery to curb trafficking and promised to support AU in the future endeavours of the AHTC.
Marlin Freeda, Director of Operations, IJM, stated that youth power is the torch bearer to mitigate this social evil. Stressed that the role of networking with all stakeholders will put an end to this social menace. Ravuri Suez, Director of AP Mahila Commission addressed the gathering with a firm note of positivity that the AP Mahila Commission is keen on curbing this social menace and will extend every inch of support to AU.
Rahimunnisa Begum, Advocate and Standing Committee Member, AIWC stressed on the need of legal literacy campaign called for united societal network. Saraswathi Iyer, Director IQAC, Acharya Nagarjuna University speaking on the occasion reiterated the need for capacity building programmes.
B Ramu, Executive Secretary of GSS, a NGO working for the upliftment of human trafficking, cause of action explained in full the gist of specific activities done to safeguard children from the vulnerable trap of traffickers.
Dr P Usha, I/C Director, DDD CWS of AU and the moderator of the programme announced that the expertise will be utilised from legal fraternity, AP Mahila Commission and NGO’s to chalk down the action plan of this Anti-human trafficking club.
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