Open Gate is a member of La Strada International
The International La Strada Association (La Strada International/LSI) is a leading European NGO network that works to ensure a world without trafficking in human beings by promoting respect for human rights. The network comprises eight independent member organisations that operate from a grass-roots level. The members are based in Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Macedonia (FYROM), Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine and implement activities for advocacy, prevention and social support for trafficked persons and at-risk groups in order to empower them to exercise their rights.
An International Secretariat supports the members by coordinating the implementation of common strategies, engaging in monitoring and advocacy activities and networking and organising capacity building to provide better services to the target groups. LSI secretariat monitors and harmonises common La Strada activities and is also responsible for data collection, registration and information provision.
The advocacy activities of LSI target the intergovernmental organisations and institutions that develop international treaties and legislation, such as the European Union, Council of Europe, OSCE and UN, providing specific recommendations to improve the protection and respect for the rights of trafficked persons, migrants and groups vulnerable to human trafficking. LSI and the partner organisations closely monitor the implementation of the protection measures of the international treaties at the national level to ensure that trafficked persons’ rights are not only on paper but also in practice protected.
LSI’s work is based on the human rights approach, acknowledging that trafficking in persons is a gross violation of human rights and that states are accountable and responsible to provide trafficked persons with effective remedies. According to this approach, viola¬tion of human rights is both a cause and a consequence of trafficking in human beings and therefore the preven¬tion of trafficking and the protection of victims should be based on the protection of the rights of all human beings, with a focus on those vulnerable to human trafficking, such as (irregular) migrant workers, domestic workers and sex workers. The human rights based approach opposes anti-trafficking meas¬ures which adversely affect or infringe upon the human rights of trafficked persons or other affected groups.
The holistic view on the issue of trafficking, with much focus on the root causes of trafficking, such as poverty, gender inequality and violence, discrimination, restrictive migration policies and the unequal division of wealth in the world, has lead LSI to cooperate with a broad range of partners in the field of human rights, migrant rights and labour rights.
LSI is a member of: the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN); the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM); the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW); the Alliance Expert Coordination Team (AECT) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Association for Women’s Right in Development (AWID) and the EU Fundamental Rights Platform.
Installation "Handle with Care
Friday, November 2 at the National Gallery of Macedonia -Mala Station, we successfully opened the art installation "Handle with Care." Thanks to all the citizens, institutions, CSO and international organizations that came to see the event and support the initiative.
The messages s was clear, it is necessary to continue together with the efforts against trafficking in human beings both at the international and at the national level. We need to ensure the timely identification and to provide unreserved protection to victims.
On November 3, we continued with panel discussion, with representatives of MTSP, HOPS, Coalition of margins, Open Gate/ La Strada and other participants’ mostly young professionals and other citizens.
We agreed that trafficking in human beings should not be a taboo topic. The recruitment of women's rights, the strengthening and support of women and girls and gender equality should be at the center of the efforts to prevent trafficking in human beings and exploitation.
For all of you who were not able to visit the event in Skopje, can come to the events planned in Tetovo on 7/8 / 9.11.2018 in the Center for Balkan Cooperation and Bitola on 13/14 / 15.11.2018 - Center for Culture. This project continues to travel in the other cities, in cooperation with the Association Women Forum Tetovo and NGO Semper Bitola. We expect to visit us.
The project and installation Handle With Care is an initiative of the artists Patricia Kaersenhout and Jimini Hignett as a two-part exhibition at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam as part of the 150th anniversary exhibition of the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands. The project is organized by the Open Gate with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Macedonia and Tirana and aims to raise awareness of the trafficking among public especially the yout
Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy
IRIS, within Network of CSOs providers of social services Initiative, lead by IDC and in partnership with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V., are announcing the Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy, which will be held in Belgrade, Serbia from 26thto 29th November 2018.
Academy offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, exploring migration policy and governance in the region, linkages between migration and social service delivery, and instruments and mechanisms for protecting migrants’ rights. Participants will attend 4 day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops, discussions and field visits. The Academy program will enable further improvements and optimization to the needs, interests and constraints of the participants and their institutional and organizational environments. Successful participants will obtain certificates, and enter Academy Alumni. Outstanding results at the Academy will be seen as an advantage when applying for EU based traineeships organized by IRIS Network.
For the application procedure, please follow the link: http://iris-see.eu/apply-to-iris-network-social-academy/
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For more information about the project, please see the following link: http://iris-see.eu/new-regional-initiative-of-the-iris-network-csos-for-protection-sensitive-migration-management/