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21st CONFERENCE OF THE ALLIANCE AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ON CONFRONTING DEMAND: TACKLING A ROOT CAUSE OF TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS

June 16, 2021the third day, a staff member of NGO "Sana Sezim" participates in the 21st conference of the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons on "Confronting Demand: Tackling a Root Cause of Trafficking in Human Beings". The three-day event brings together government officials, international organizations and civil society representatives from 57 countries to discuss the issue of demand as a key long-term strategy for eradicating human trafficking. The aim of such a wide-ranging event is to raise the political profile of the fight against human trafficking and to discuss emerging themes and trends in human trafficking.

A WORKING VISIT OF THE BRITISH EMBASSY TO THE OFFICE OF THE "SANA SEZIM"

On June 15, 2021a working visit of the British Embassy in Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, represented by the head of political and communications section Mr. Rio Ashrafi and political and governance analyst Ms. Larisa Volkova to the office of the "Sana Sezim" took place. During the meeting, the NGO "Sana Sezim" staff had an opportunity to acquaint the Embassy representatives with the main activities of the organization, such as combating human trafficking, protection of migrant workers' rights, and assistance to victims of domestic violence.

WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR

Did you know that one in ten children in the world is exposed to child labour? Some 160 million children are forced to work despite the fact that they are too young to work, which can compromise their physical and mental development, thus depriving them of education and social skills. In Turkestan province, working children are involved in begging, service industries (car washes, cafes), cotton-growing and agriculture.

THE WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR

On June 11, 2021employees of the NGO "Sana Sezim" held a lecture for students of the Polytechnic College of Shymkent on the worst forms of child labor dedicated to the World Day Against Child Labor, which is annually celebrated on June 12. As a result of the lecture, participants learned what working conditions for children are prohibited and what international and Kazakhstani documents protecting children's rights exist. The event was conducted in Russian and Kazakh to reach the largest number of interested students.

ROUND TABLE ON THE ABOLITION OF THE LIST OF JOBS WITH RESTRICTED USE OF WOMEN'S LABOR

On June 4, 2021there was a round table on the abolition of the list of jobs with restricted use of women's labor chaired by the First Vice-Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Sarbasov. During the round table stakeholders voiced recommendations of international organizations on non-discrimination of women in employment and the mechanism to ensure equal access of women to work. They also raised an issue of amending Articles 16 and 26 of the Labor Code of Kazakhstan to exclude the list of jobs with restricted use of women's labor. Recall that in the Republic of Kazakhstan more than 200 professions are included in the list of jobs where the use of women's labor is restricted.

THE FINAL MEETING OF THE COORDINATING COUNCIL AS PART OF THE PROGRAM "PROTECTION OF CHILDREN IN THE MIGRATION PROCESSES IN KAZAKHSTAN"

On June 1st, 2021 the final meeting of the Coordinating Council was held as part of the program "Protection of children in the migration processes in Kazakhstan" with the support of the European Union, UNICEF in Kazakhstan and the Commissioner for Human Rights in Kazakhstan.

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY!

On this special day, the staff of the PA LCWI "Sana Sezim" held a lecture on "No to Domestic Violence" for students of the Industrial and Technical College. The students learned about the types of violence, their rights and the help which can be obtained by contacting governmental and nongovernmental organizations. They showed great interest to the topic.

We would like to note that the PA LCWI "Sana Sezim" has been helping children for 20 years. During this time, children have received legal, psychological and humanitarian assistance from the organization.

THE U.S. CONSUL GENERAL’S VISIT

On May 27, 2021 representatives of the U.S. Consulate General, represented by Consul General Eric Meyer and Stephanie Straface, visited the office of the PA LCWI "Sana Sezim". Organization staff had an opportunity to share results of anti-trafficking activities. In addition, they discussed the current situation with human trafficking in Kazakhstan. The Consul General stressed the importance of the work done by the organization in counteracting trafficking, and congratulated the PA LCWI "Sana Sezim" on its 20th anniversary.

THE 40TH MEETING OF THE INTERAGENCY COMMISSION ON COMBATING ILLEGAL EXPORT, IMPORT AND TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

On May 26, 2021 staff members of the PA LCWI "Sana Sezim" took part in the 40th meeting of the Interagency Commission on Combating Illegal Export, Import and trafficking in persons.

AN AWARENESS-RAISING CAMPAIGN WAS CONDUCTED ON THE KAZAKHSTAN-UZBEKISTAN BORDER AT THE ZHIBEK ZHOLY CHECKPOINT

On May 25, 2021 as part of the USAID-funded and Winrock International-implemented the “Safe Migration in Central Asia” project, an awareness-raising campaign was conducted on the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan border, at the Zhibek Zholy checkpoint.

Information materials on safe migration and human trafficking in Kazakh, Russian, Uzbek, Tajik and Kyrgyz languages were distributed among local residents and labor migrants together with an employee of the Saryagash District Police Department of the Turkestan Region.