Brooke says women are an emerging market - women all over the world are coming into the workforce...and also as consumer
Economic empowerment of women helps communities...education increases, sanitation improves...there is a country business case, says Brooke
Karen E Silverman, partner at Latham & Watkins, says think about what it is you do, you like to do, you're good at and work out how to apply that to the trafficking problem #twconf12. That's what her law firm did - it looked at legal problems, policy problems. It's looking at how to protect non-for-profit purpose while being involved in a for-profit business.
Change the language - not women as victims, women as economic engines - Beth Brooke @EY_On_Work #EY #twconf12
What is the citizen status of people recovered from trafficking outside their home countries, asks Silverman. How are they protected? Can they work? Can they travel? #twconf12 This is a problem that needs to be talked about.
Work on private sector supply chains to stop financial exclusion of women - Beth Brooke
@EY_On_Work #EY #twconf12
Lydia Cacho @lydiacachosi gives examples of things that have been done in Mexico: She opened a high security shelter in Mexico ten years ago for female victims of domestic violence to give them financial, economic freedom and freedom from gender violence. She asked American women who had been opening shelters for years to say what they would change. They said they would never separate sexual violence from domestic violence shelters. That's because every time they met a victim of sexual violence they found out that this was linked to a historic episode of domestic violence.
Cacho says the solution they found was that they need to help women develop their own tools and make sure they have financial and economic freedom. #twconf12 only 3 percent of women during 10 years have gone back to the guys who were exploiting them or being violent towards them. We make sure women have a job and have the ability to go back to school - we do this not through charity but through empowerment.
Commercialisation of microfinance initiative has raised serious problems - such as high interest rates among others, says Lamiya Morshed, executive director of Yunus Centre. The recent criticism has given us an opportunity to refocus on our original mission.
We understood how trafficking and organised crime work, says Cacho. If they have partners in every country, we get partners in every country. We'll try and prosecute them for money laundering or running a sweat shop but we'll make sure there is justice. We are also working with boys under 18. We've found that many of them know traffickers, they've been contacted by traffickers. We're taking these vulnerable boys from 14-18 and we're training them and helping them become leaders in their community. This is amazing. We have videos of some of these boys talking. We are changing the lives of young men in small cities and then hopefully an entire country, says Cacho. She is developing a model that can be replicated by NGOs in other countries. #twconf12