On July 15, “Learn. Act. Share.” a youth camp relating specifically to counter-trafficking in persons opened in the health and fitness centre near Minsk.
This joint initiative of United Nations agencies, international organizations, government institutions, non-governmental organizations, and private companies, conducted in anticipation of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons will bring together 18 active young people from all over Belarus selected for participation on a competitive basis.
For a week international and national experts will share their knowledge and expertise in the field of counter-trafficking in persons and such related topics as HIV/AIDS, refugees, gender equality, and sustainable development.
The experts will also speak about useful tools for creation and implementation of projects and initiatives, which the participants are to develop upon completion of the training course and to implement them during a year supported by non-governmental organizations and UN agencies.
The young people will join the ranks of the participants of the youth summer camps “Learn. Act. Share” of 2017 and 2018, which means that the team of active young people involved in counter-trafficking in persons in Belarusian regions grows gradually and their work becomes significant.
Thus, the 2018 camp alumni implemented dozens of awareness-raising activities in cities and towns of Belarus, where they spoke about human trafficking problems and security measures to more than 2300 peers from July 2018 to June 2019.
The “Learn. Act. Share” camp is co-organized by the International Organization for Migration in Belarus with expert and financial support provided by the Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs, United Nations Development Programme in Belarus, UN Children’s Fund, UN Population Fund, UN Department of Global Communications, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS, United States Agency for International Development, Great Britain Embassy to Belarus, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Belarusian Red Cross, and private companies such as EPAM, Nota Kitchen Media Production, and Ligaturaprint.
The youth camp is the continuation of the «IOM-X: Stop Exploitation» campaign of the International organization for Migration launched to encourage safe migration and public action to stop exploitation and human trafficking. In 2016, Belarus became the first state in the Eastern Europe to join the global campaign.
For more information please visit: www.x.iom.by