ILO en Anti-Trafficking Activists Must Be Adaptable to Combat the Ever Changing Problem of Human Trafficking <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div> <div> <div> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="328" src="" title="The MSW@USC" width="624" /></a></div> </div> </div> <p> The faces of human trafficking are as diverse as they are abundant. Women coerced into selling their bodies in the red light districts of popular tourist destinations. Young children conscripted into combat in war-torn countries. Entire families forced to toil in slave-like conditions to pay off debt. Modern-day slavery manifests itself in many forms, constantly evolving as traffickers find new and more efficient methods to exploit their victims.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Although the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that there are more than 20 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, many experts say the actual number is significantly higher.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “The statistics of human trafficking are staggering — numbers most people would not be able to imagine as being tied to actual human beings,” says Annalisa Enrile, a professor with the USC School of Social Work’s <a href="" rel="dofollow" target="_blank">online MSW program</a>. “Experts can debate the nuances of what is considered trafficking and modern-day slavery, but there is a much greater imperative to raise awareness that this problem exists and compel people to make a change.”<br /> <br /> <a href="" rel="dofollow" target="_blank">Enrile</a> notes that there is no blanket methodology or prescriptive plan of action that can successfully address every case of human trafficking. Advocates must be flexible in how they combat this global epidemic, focusing first on understanding why trafficking thrives where it does. The reasons differ from country to country and even village to village.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:27:00 +0000 Colleen O'Day 7735 at Complexities of reputation management and policy making in a globalized world: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <img alt="" height="240" src="" style="float:left" title=" Solidarity Center/Sifat Sharmin Amita" width="320" />On April 24, 2013, a building called <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Rana Plaza</a> in Dhaka came crashing down on thousands of workers, killing more than 1,100 and injuring more than 2,500 individuals. Unlike any other building collapse, this received widespread international attention - and continues to do so - because the building housed factories that sewed garments for many European and American clothing brands. As a result, a chunk of blame for the collapse and deaths was placed on retailers and brands that outsourced their work to Bangladesh, and particularly Rana Plaza.</p> <p> Since the tragedy, these retailers and companies, both big and small, utilized several brand reputation management strategies. This, in turn, impacted the policies of the garment industry in Bangladesh. Primarily, two retailer blocs, The Accord and The Alliance, emerged which have created their own local and international dynamics.</p> <p> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Accord</a> is a legally binding agreement that has been signed by many European and North American companies and allows for factories to be vetted and shut down in case of non-compliance with safety standards. <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Alliance</a>, signed by North American groups such as Walmart and JC Penny, however, does not guarantee any such protections and allows companies to use their own rules with any legal requirements.</p> <p> Interestingly, many companies who are either part of The Alliance or The Accord, choose not to publicise their participation in such agreements on their own websites. This allows them minimize any attention that could turn into criticism while still taking part in initiatives in case there ever is an inquiry from media, regulators, or other interested parties.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:16:00 +0000 Sonia Jawaid Shaikh 7522 at Weekly wire: The global forum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h4> <img alt="World of News" height="179" src="" style="padding:2px; border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align:bottom; max-width:none; float:right" title=" Flickr user fdecomit" width="180" />These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.</h4> <p>  </p> <p> <strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Humanitarian Summit: three tests for success</a></strong><br /> Thomson Reuters Foundation<br /> After months of feverish consultation, preparation and speculation, the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) will finally kick off in Istanbul on May 23. The two-day Summit will convene 6,000 aid leaders to decide on how better to respond to today’s defining crises. So, what will mark the difference between an anti-climactic letdown and a rallying achievement? Here are my three measures of success.</p> <p> <strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Employment and Social Outlook</a></strong><br /> ILO<br /> Over the past two decades, significant progress has been made in reducing poverty in the majority of countries. In emerging and developing countries, taken as a whole, it is estimated that nearly 2 billion people live on less than $3.10 per day (adjusted for cost-of-living differences across countries). This represents around 36 per cent of the emerging and developing world’s population, which is nearly half the rate that was observed in 1990, when the initial international commitments to reduce poverty were undertaken. During the same period, extreme poverty – defined as people living on less than $1.90 per day – declined at an even faster rate to reach 15 per cent of the total population of emerging and developing countries in 2012, the latest available year</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 26 May 2016 14:13:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7416 at Weekly Wire: the Global Forum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><P><IMG border=0 hspace=0 alt="" align=left src="" width=130 height=129></P> <P>These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.</P> <P><STRONG>The Guardian<BR></STRONG><A href="" target=_blank>Youth unemployment: can mobile technology improve employability?</A></P> <P>“Attention in the development sector has shifted sharply towards two areas over the past couple of years: youth and employment. While the huge increase in some countries' 15-24 year old population offers an opportunity for catalysing change and bringing in fresh ideas and new energy, many are grappling with the challenge of providing young people with meaningful work opportunities and concerned about the growing number of youth who are disillusioned about their futures.</P> <P>The ILO reported that 74.8 million youth between 15 and 24 years were unemployed in 2011, an increase of more than 4 million since 2007. Globally, the youth unemployment rate is almost 13%, and youth are nearly three times as likely as adults to be unemployed. In some countries there are no jobs. In others, there is a skills mismatch and with some quality soft and hard skills training and support, young people could be ready for existing, unfilled jobs.”&nbsp; <A href="" target=_blank>READ MORE</A></div></div></div> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:00:54 +0000 Kalliope Kokolis 6255 at