The Women’s Network of Gender Champions against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling is an active community of female officials and male champions of women’s rights working in policy making, the justice sector, law enforcement, civil society and other relevant local entities. Launched on 29 June 2020, the Network was constituted to help address the gendered nature of human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and grave underrepresentation of women working in and/or leading institutions responding to both trafficking in persons (TIP) and smuggling of migrants (SOM). Giving a stronger role to women contributes to better and more peaceful societies that are less prone to the threats posed by trafficking in persons and exploitation in all its forms.
To strengthen the capacity, knowledge and resources available to female officials and male champions working in policy making, the justice sector, law enforcement, civil society and other relevant local entities, including through mentorship and coaching.
To grow a vibrant community of practitioners that works to ensure that barriers to the empowerment and progression of women in the TIP and SOM sector are overcome, with a view to achieving better quality assistance to victims of trafficking.