Unveil the Hidden Presence: Trafficking in Women and Children

A Leadership and Innovation Lab

How can we use our spheres of influence and new action-oriented partnerships more effectively to center stage the issue of trafficking in women and children?

Human trafficking occurs in virtually every country in the world and often across borders. Women and girls account for about 70 percent of the victims; two out of three trafficking victims are girls.

Trafficking in persons is a gross human rights violation and strongly connected to other topics such as human-itarian action, security, violence against women and children, migration management and refugee protection, business responsibility and supply chain accountability, and economic development.

Consequently, in September 2015, the international community adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and defined goals and targets to combat trafficking in persons – thereby making a clear link between trafficking and sustainable development.

Dates and Locations

The process

Together we will work on approaches to increase awareness on and prevent trafficking in women and children with the specific focus on the African context. Outcomes of the Lab are expected at different levels: individual, organizational (for the institution or companies represented) and at the systemic level by contributing to international discussions and commitments as well as fostering social change in the domestic contexts of the participants (see flyer).

Our approach

The Lab is a multi-stakeholder dialogue process. We provide an enabling space for all participants to explore one another‘s perspectives and experiences. Participants engage in dialogue and jointly develop new approaches to increase awareness on and prevent trafficking in women and children. We acknowledge that different groups such as survivors, civil society organizations, media representatives and journalists, donors, community and religious leaders, academics, governments and businesses have complementary skills, experiences and motivations to jointly drive innovation and sustained progress. Throughout the whole process, participants are encouraged to develop specific action, to initiate and shape transformation in their home contexts and on a global level. We design a process including face-to-face and online exchange, individual and action-related coaching.


The Lab aims at the following:

• To create a global network to increase awareness and publicity on trafficking in women and children

• To foster exchange and dialogue among the different stakeholders, their roles and experiences and approaches to combat trafficking in persons

• To develop innovative strategies and change projects in the stakeholders institution or country to increase awareness on trafficking, particularly of women and children

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