South-Asia Network for Advocacy against Trafficking in Persons SANAT

SANAT is a project of the Centre for Social Research.

(The project was funded by:
The Academy for Educational Development AED;
The South Asia Regional Initiative (named on AED);
The Equity Support Program SARI/Q.

The Project:

  • Promoting the development of regional communications networks, which will facilitate the monitoring, and control of activities relating to trafficking in persons;
  • Encourage co-coordinated social movements against the trafficking of women;
  • Devise strategies to carry out rehabilitation programmes for young women who have been subjected to trafficking keeping in mind education and employment opportunities to women in their own socio-economic settings;
  • Lobby with SAARC governments to develop appropriate legislation for implementation of SAARC Convention of trafficking especially for rehabilitation of trafficked victims;
  • Put pressure on all countries to implement the SAARC convention to improve the status of women (e.g. CEDAW, and SAARC Convention of Trafficking), and on all countries, which have ratified the conventions to establish laws and enforcement in accordance with the conventions; Facilitate, encourage and lobby for bilateral talks with India and other South Asian countries to terminate the practice of trafficking people between countries.

Project’s Objectives:

  • Capacity building and strengthening of the South Asian Network in developing an Action Plan and Road Map;
  • To engage in advocacy & lobbying for the implementation of the SAARC Convention on Trafficking by the member states.

Methodology: … (full text).

discussion forum;
stakeholder’s consultation;
RNA Regional Nodal Agency.

: SANAT is a network which believes that collaboration with national and regional partners is essential to handle transnational issues that cut across the boundaries of nations. We need a regional approach to research, planning, priority setting and implementation. For this means seeking at the regional level advantages that we cannot derive solely from a national-level approach, and it also means seeking complementary gains that it could not achieve exclusively through a global approach, which is more generic. CSR and south Asian partners have their own individual national networks which increase the possibility of integrating the regional and national efforts into strategies, and improve the impact of research and interventions at national and regional levels.

The ultimate goal of the network partners is to ensure gender justice. We work by jointly creating a pressure lobby so that the issues can be raised at the regional level (SAARC level) and also at the national level simultaneously. The main aim of the partners is to share the best examples and implement strategies that have worked successfully in individual countries at the regional level … (full text).

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