Achieving gender equality as an integral part of the socio-economic and democratic development of our country through:
Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, together with international partners - Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (BGRF), Klaipeda Social and Psychological Services Centre (KSPC), Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies(MIGS), MONICA –Multicultural Women’s Association of Finland has started successfully new project: STOP Traffick! is a transnational project on reduction in demand for the sexual services of victims of trafficking. This project will explore different attitudes of buyers and potential buyers to human trafficking, its context and impact in order to inform demand reduction awareness raising initiatives, implemented through a partnership of civil society, public and private enterprises. The programme will target employers to pilot the demand reduction strategy as part of their corporate responsibility.
The programme will aim to develop a strategy, leading to the development of a toolkit of products and activities to raise awareness among buyers and potential buyers of services delivered by human trafficking victims in the sex industry, in order to reduce demand for purchase of sexual services. The toolkit and awareness activities will be informed by research on men’s attitude to buying sex in some of the participating member states and further informed by case studies documenting the experience of women and girls who are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
A further aim of the programme is to strengthen the capacity of citizens, and civil society organisations, to challenge the demand for victims of trafficking, further influencing the reduction of demand. It will also develop appropriate referral mechanisms for buyers or ex buyers who want to report human trafficking to the policing authorities or support victims of trafficking in accessing appropriate protection and support through structured referral to appropriate services
The priorities of the project are as follows; Prevention, protection of and assistance and support to victims, prosecution and investigation of offenders, coordination and cooperation mechanisms, as well as research into new forms of trafficking:
Please find more information on the following web address: http://www.stoptraffick.ie/