Global Freedom Exchange Programme for Women

Vital Voices Global Partnership
Last date: 
Friday, April 27, 2018
Country: 
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Colombia
India
Israel
Mexico
Pakistan
Syria

Detailed Description

Background:

Vital Voices Global Partnership and Hilton welcome submissions for its Global Freedom Exchange Programme for women anti-trafficking leaders. The Global Freedom Exchange provides dynamic educational and mentoring opportunity for emerging women leaders who are on the forefront of global efforts to prevent and respond to the destructive crime of child trafficking.

The program will be held from September 17th – September 27th, 2018 in Washington, DC; Dallas, TX; and a third U.S. city yet to be determined.

Fellows participate in a two-week experiential, interactive, and educational program across three cities in the United States that have developed unique, effective approaches to prevent and address trafficking. During this time, Fellows have the opportunity to discuss both challenges and successes with government officials, visit comprehensive service centers, and engage in peer-to-peer mentoring that allows them to share ideas and strategies about how best to tackle human trafficking in a holistic, victim-centered manner.

Each year, the GFE convenes a select group of between 15-25 women leaders from countries around the world. Over the past four years, the GFE has involved a total of 87 women leaders from 38 countries in the two-week experiential, interactive, learning and networking program in the United States that have developed unique, effective approaches to addressing human trafficking.

GFE participants, known as GFE Fellows, leverage the knowledge and networks gained from this program to enact positive change in their own communities and regions. Five GFE Fellows are selected each year to receive small grants to implement projects that build on the program’s mission to end child sex trafficking around the world.

GFE Fellows all over the world use the tools and connections they obtained during their Fellowship experience to offer comprehensive services to survivors, reduce vulnerability to trafficking, hold perpetrators accountable, and to create a worldwide network of anti-trafficking leaders who are creating a safer world for vulnerable youth.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • All candidates must be women
  • All candidates must have professional working proficiency or higher in the English language
  • All candidates must represent a non-governmental organization (NGO) or institution working to eliminate human trafficking
  • All candidates should demonstrate a commitment to preventing, responding to, and eliminating labor trafficking and/or sex trafficking, particularly as it relates to and affects women and girls
  • All candidates should demonstrate leadership potential. Candidates should lead or be actively engaged in organizations where they have demonstrated an interest in passing on new skills and contacts to other women and girls in their communities.
  • Optional: Based on the tremendous success of incorporating survivor advocates in past programs and in the interest of promoting survivor-informed discussions, Vital Voices is especially

interested in including survivor advocates that meet the above criteria and are interested in participating.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via https://www.vitalvoices.org/what-we-do/signature-programs/gfe/