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News | La Strada 8 March campaign

On Saturday 8 March, International Women's Day, La Strada will launch a common international campaign on "Violation of women's rights: a cause and consequence of trafficking in women" in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This event will be part of a celebration of International Women's Day, coorganised with Mama Cash and Women Inc.

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La Strada International launches Rights and Roses campaign

International Women's Day in Amsterdam
In cooperation with Mama Cash and Women Inc
12.30-18.30 Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

The violation of women's rights taking place every day, all over the world, is closely related to trafficking in human beings. La Strada International (LSI) is a European network of human rights organisations active in the prevention of trafficking in human beings with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe. On the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, LSI wants to highlight the relation between trafficking and the violation of women's rights with a launch of an international campaign and a presentation of its report "Violation of women's rights: a cause and a consequence of trafficking in women"

On 8 March 2008, the presentation of the report will be followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Cees Flinterman, member of the United Nations Committee on Women's Rights (CEDAW Committee), Hanka Mongard of TAMPEP International Foundation and advisor of Mama Cash, and representatives of La Strada Bulgaria and La Strada Ukraine. Panel members will discuss the link between women's rights and trafficking in women and answer questions from the public. This session will take place from 14.45-16.00 in the plenary room.

After the discussion, the La Strada International campaign on women's rights will be launched, to be implemented in all La Strada countries during the year 2008. 

At this event, representatives of all La Strada countries, namely, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine will be present, providing a unique moment of sharing information on the fight against trafficking in human beings and the promotion of women's rights in different countries. There is time to meet and greet each other from 13.00-14.30 in the meeting room, thus before the launch of the campaign, and after the award ceremony organised by Mama Cash from 17.30-18.30 in the lounge.

This event is part of a large Women's Day celebration co-organised by Mama Cash, Women Inc and La Strada International. The main theme this year is: Fighting Poverty among Women.

The event will take place from 12.30 to 18.30 in Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. The programme contains presentations, discussions but also live music performances. See the above flyer (in Dutch) for more details.

We hope to see you on 8 March!


12.30-13.00 Start of programme

13.00-14.30 Women Inc: Mind the Gap (Dutch spoken): Programme on fighting poverty amongst women

13.00-14.30 Meet and greet organisations working against trafficking in human beings,                                                         including La Strada representatives in the meeting room (English spoken)

14.30-14.45 Music Intermezzo

14.45-16.00 La Strada International: Rights and Roses (English spoken)
                    Presentation of report
                    Panel discussion
                    Launch of campaign

16.15-16.30 Music Intermezzo

16.15-17.30 Mama Cash: award ceremony for the She changes the World Award (Dutch spoken)

17.30-18.30 Drinks: meet and greet

Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam (Route description as PDF download)

For more information, please contact Bregje Blokhuis: 020-6881414 or

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