Campaigns

Our campaigns are aimed at raising awareness about human rights issues that require immediate international attention, as well as utilizing your voice to put pressure on appropriate authorities in the fight for human rights. We actively work to spread awareness about human rights violations in an effort to re-invent the way they perceive their role into becoming a part of the solution.

1. Fight modern slavery

Today, millions of men, women and children around the world are forced into slavery. Despite constitutional provisions, international agreements and laws specifically targeting trafficking and bonded labour, modern slavery continues to thrive in its many forms.

In South Asia, child labour, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and caste discrimination continue to be prevalent and are fuelled by the black market demand. The demand is so large that the real size of the phenomenon is unknown.

GHRD started its Fight Modern Slavery campaign in 2011: a campaign to encourage activism and raise awareness among communities in South Asia and in Europe on modern forms of slavery in South Asia.

The FMS campaign in The Netherlands was targeted at the youth: the key aim was to motivate young people to discuss human rights issues and create awareness in the area of human rights and human trafficking.

GHRD organized screenings of the documentary “SOLD—A Child Trafficked” in schools and universities around the country. The screening of the documentary was combined with discussions and debates on trafficking, the global protection of human rights and how youth in the Netherlands can be active in the human rights field.

The campaign ended with a Flashmob organised on Anti-Slavery Day on the 2nd of December, 2011 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

2. Stop gang rapes

GHRDs campaign stop the gang rapes aims to increase awareness, knowledge and support in the Netherlands for the human rights situation in Bangladesh. The campaign was officially launched on 16 June with a Beach Benefit Concert at Scheveningen, The Hague.

Campaign activities includes the distribution of postcards, a petition urging the Bangladesh government to take responsibility according national and international law, internet campaigning, the screening of a documentary film, and educational programs on Bangladesh and violence against women. Awareness raising activities in 2007 included a seminar on “Ending violence against women,” a Beach Benefit Concert, a demonstration and the ‘Horeca for human rights’ campaign.

The petition has reached countries like the USA, Australia, Brazil and Ghana. Over 1200 citizens from 46 countries signed the document in 2007.The first roll of petitions were handed over to the Dutch Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Commission representative, MP Harry van Bommel on 10 December – the International Human Rights Day.  GHRD also took active part in international meetings at the House of Lords and the European Parliament, to discuss the issue.