Visualising a road map to eradicate human trafficking

The global Kalinga Fellowship 2019 has been organised in New Delhi from December 9-13, 2019, at Vishwa Yuva Kendra.

The fellowship, organised in partnership with the National Commission for Women, Government of India, has been designed to create breakthrough solutions to stop trafficking of women and children globally.

The fellowship hopes to advance target 5.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals – "eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation".

Kalinga Fellowship is a tri-sector global fellowship of business leaders, government officials and civil society leaders, designed to be a concrete step towards establishing a common and shared vision and a living example of converting the SDG blueprint "to go from the world we have, to the world we want to have".

In addition to SDG5, there are two other global goals - SDG8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG16 (Peace, justice and strong Institutions) – which seeks to put in place mechanisms to eradicate trafficking of women and children.

The Kalinga Fellows will participate in an immersive, facilitated, five-day strategy event where they will learn the most contemporary leadership methods, collaborate with each other and collectively push their solutions and strategies forward. In addition, every business, government and civil society leader will be matched with a professional leadership coach, for one year afterwards.

Dr Achyuta Samanta, Member of Parliament and Founder, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences said that India needs more women leaders in all sectors of our society and empowerment of women should be ingrained at every level of every organisation across government, business and social sector."

The Fellowship is being attended by over 80 participants of diverse backgrounds, from senior Police and Government officials to civil society and corporate leaders from across India and the world. Nearly 20 students from different states of India and several survivors of trafficking are also part of the Fellowship. It is designed as an immersion process where fellows will visit relevant stakeholders working on human trafficking issues. The Kalinga Fellows team will create prototype solutions, seek feedback, fine-tune their strategies and solutions and present a national roadmap to end trafficking for implementation at National level on December 13, 2019.

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