Re: seeking input on best practices/experts

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From: Ala Mindicanu (
Date: Fri Mar 17 2000 - 09:23:41 EST

Dear friends,
we are sendidng you some information about our organisation and our activity on traffick issue.

General information on your organization :
Name : National Council of Women of Moldova
Founded : April, 1998
Legal status : June 23, 1998
President : Ala Mandicanu, Member of the Parliament of Moldova, president of Subcommittee for Equal
Personnel how many waged : 5 persons (1 full-time and 4 part-time)
voluntary :
The organization has got 2 thousands members working in the capital (Chisinau) and in 11 provinces of the country. The CNF is an umbrella organization. The CNF carries out its activity throughout the Republic of Moldova and has among its members physical persons and non-governmental women organizations which have expressed in writing their request to join the CNF.

3) Aims and activities of your organization :

The aims of the CNF are :
7 to promote women to decision - making bodies on all levels;
7 to contribute to the implementation of the provisions of the Convention regarding Abolition of All Forms of Women Discrimination;
7 to contribute to the eradication of the violence against women;
7 to fight against traffic in women;
7 to plead for the setting up of educational and health protection systems and of an environment favorable for mothers and children;
7 to contribute to the education of women based on the acknowledgement of their role and place in the society, on self-respect and civil dignity;
7 to contribute to the adaptation of women to the market economy conditions and values;
7 to support the promotion of the principle of integral approach to gender equality at all levels.

Target group and why this target group :
4 persons compose the target group : Ala Mandicanu, Zorina Shishcan, Lucia Olarescu and Mihai Popov. The group coordinates the work of the organization, on the one hand and the "Stop the Traffic" Program implementation, on the other hand.

Short description of specific projects :
The CNF has elaborated a special Stop the Traffic in Women and Children Program. The Priorities and Strategies of which are as follows :
Priorities :
1. Control of the trafficking in Women and Children phenomenon by:
- Womens Non-Governmental Organizations co-operation in order to establish a regional anti-traffic network;
- Governments sensitization for the traffic phenomenon and the promotion of the ratification and observance of the international laws and conventions dealing with the problems of concern;
2. The establishment of the permanent contacts between the governmental agencies and the NGOs of the region to control the phenomenon of trafficking in women and children;
3. The elaboration of the long-term strategies and the realization of measures on both national and international levels to control the phenomenon.
Strategies :
a) On the national level :
I . The proposal for the ratification of international conventions regarding the traffic in women control (as mentioned above) and the adaptation of the national legislation to the international documents in the field.
II. The formation of national networks of NGOs activating in the field.
III. The establishment of the permanent collaboration between NGOs and qualified bodies.
IV. Information and public sensitization campaigns regarding the traffic phenomenon.
V. Actions for the traffic prevention and for the protection of the potential victims of the traffickers.
b) On the international level :
I. The proposal to make inter-governmental agreements related to the collaboration in the field, the traffic in women and children phenomenon control and the reciprocal protection of the citizens in the field.
II. The help in creation of and participation in an international NGOs network for elaborating and implementing a common action plan to prevent the traffic phenomenon.
III. Organization of a regional (international) conference once in two years on the problems of the trafficking in women (violence against women) control.

For implementing the Program a number of Projects are realized :

1) Stop the Traffic Project I. 1999
The Project goals :
- To inform and bring up girls and women in order to prevent their involvement in traffic activities.
- To get girls and women closer/familiar with their basic rights.
- To develop their self-confidence, self-esteem capabilities.
The implementation of the Project:
Composition, translation, publishing and circulation of different written materials for children, women, teachers.

2) Stop the Traffic Project II.end of 1999
The Project goals :
- The realization of the national strategies I, IV and V and the international strategy I of the Program.
The implementation of the Project:
The organization of the seminars of national conference type. The first has been devoted to the psychological, sociological and cultural aspects of the problem of concern. The second one  to the legislative, political and management aspects.

3) NGOs against the Traffic in Women and Children Project.
The Project goals :
- The realization of the national strategies II, III IV and V of the Program.
The implementation of the Project:
It is being realized along with other women NGOs. A number of seminars and workshops for young women is being organized on the topic of concern throughout the country.

Prevention and Education Campaigns regarding : Traffic in Women , Violence against women
Social Assistance Campaigns regarding : Traffic in Women Violence against women

The definition of trafficking in women:
Transportation of women and trade in them in the form of their hiring for a job abroad.
( It is a preliminary definition).

4) Co-operation :
If your organization co-operates within your country with other organizations in "shared" projects :
Yes, the CNF co-operates with NGOs, women NGOs, governmental agencies and international organizations for implementing its projects. For instance, the projects mentioned above have been sponsored by the international organizations and in this sense can be considered as the shared ones. The 1-st project has been granted by the USAID. Besides, the Ministry of Education of Moldova contributed a lot to its implementation. The 2-nd and the 3-d Projects have been supported by the Soros Foundation and the UNDP. The CNF having gained the grant for the 3-d Project, shared it with the Civic Initiative women NGO (Chisinau). Besides, such women NGOs as Association of Women Social Protection (Chisinau) , Crisis Centre (Baltzi) and Rural Women Association (women NGO that is under the CNF umbrella) also contributed much to the implementation of the Project.
Best wishes,
Ala Mindicanu President CNF

On Wed, 15 Mar 2000 19:00:57 Jill Thompson wrote:
>Dear List:
>In preparation for an upcoming conference on trafficking in human
>beings in the OSCE region (Europe and former Soviet Union), I am
>seeking information on the following:
> 1) examples of good policies and practices for the treatment of
>victims of trafficking involving States/ governments, particularly
>(though not limited to) Central, SouthEastern, or Eastern European
>governments. (I am acquainted with good laws/practices in
>Netherlands, Belgium and Italy).
> 2) experts qualified to discuss examples of trafficking for
>purposes other than the commercial sex industry (such as
>domestic servants, agricultural or factory workers) and/or
>trafficking in children for forced labour/servitude (including sexual
>exploitation) within Europe or involving European workers.
> 3) recommendations for good speakers to address the human
>rights aspects of the trafficking problem (including trafficking in
>women and forced prostitution) before a large audience.
>Thank you in advance for whatever ideas you can provide.
>Jill Thompson
>Advisor on Trafficking Issues
>(48 22) 520-0600

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