OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATION, DIGNITY AND MEANINGFUL FUTURES
When trafficked, a girl’s fundamental human rights are violated - her right to a dignified, safe life, autonomy over her own body and her right to make her own sexual, reproductive and life choices.
FAMILY BASED vs. INSTITUTIONAL CARE
For survivors of trafficking that return to Nepal, either through escaping, brothel raids or as health problems prevent them from working, their future is challenging. Returnees often face institutionalisation, lifelong health problems, rejection from their families and communities, extreme poverty and often, in desperation to support themselves or children, a return to prostitution.
Institutional care should be the last resort for trafficking survivors. Living in an institution is detrimental to a child’s physical, social and emotional well-being. Lack of long-term, consistent caregivers, autonomy and individualised care can further traumatise trafficking survivors, who have already been denied the nurturing environment needed to develop healthy relationships, social skills and emotional resilience.
For the best possible chance at a meaningful future - for trafficking survivors and their children, where family reintegration is not possible - is safe, stable, nurturing family based care.
Project Didi Australia is committed to restoring hope, dignity and independence to women and girls in Nepal exposed to trafficking and abuse, through trauma-informed care, family strengthening and reintegration, education and pathways to employment.
Project Didi Australia is a partner for Project J1082N Futures of Dignity and Opportunity with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993). For more information please visit GDG projects: www.gdg.org.au.