- Nov. 18, 2013
-- Child trafficking has become the second-largest most profitable criminal industry after drugs. Trafficking is modern day slavery, with children and adults held captive and sexually exploited worldwide. Increased public awareness can help prevent children from falling victim and help survivors to safety.
The UN Universal Children’s Day (20 November 2013) recognizes children’s lives and their human rights. During the Universal Children’s Day event on 19 November 2013 in Geneva, Raven Kaliana, a Child-trafficking survivor, and a panel of child sexual abuse experts will explore "Child Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking: Creative Prevention, Advocacy & Healing
Raven Kaliana (http://www.theguardian.com/
abuse) campaigns for social awareness and change as an artist/activist through creative expression. The event will start with Kaliana's powerfully moving, autobiographical film, “Hooray for Hollywood
, which utilises handmade puppets to portray the child characters.
As featured in the UK Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/05/sold-...
) newspaper, BBC Woman's Hour (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g9mn3
) and BBC Outlook (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01jrdt0
)... Hooray for Hollywood, written and directed by Raven Kaliana (http://ravenkaliana.com/)
, artist, human rights activist, and survivor, utilises puppetry to highlight the intersection of trafficking and familial abuse with organised crime, shown from a child's point of view. The film is aimed at adults and is meant to give insight into the dynamics of these crimes as well as inspire productive public discussion.
The event panel includes Raven Kaliana of Outspiral (http://outspiral.org.uk/)
l; Dr. Ariel King (http://en.wikipedia.org/
, Founder and President of the Ariana-Leilani Children’s Foundation International and the Ariel Foundation International, and SIlke Gutzmann of Innocence in Danger (http://www.innocenceindanger.ch/)
The free and open to the public event is on 19 November 2013 from 15:30-16:30 at the Ecumenical Centre, United Nations Area, 150 Route de Ferney, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland.For more information or interviews please contact Dr. Ariel King at +41-22-534-9441 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Event sponsors includes Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation International (www.ariana-
, Ariel Foundation International (www.arielfoundation.org)
, Innocence in Danger International (www.innocenceindanger.org)
, Inter-African Committee (www.iac-ciaf.net)
, National Association of Women’s Organizations (www.nawo.org.uk ), Stop the Silence - Stop Child Sexual Abuse (http://www.stopcsa.org)
, Road to Change (www.roadtochange.eu)
, and Outspiral (www.outspiral.org.uk)