By Kristen Johnson
GlowbalAct is fighting my favorite social justice fight – human trafficking. What is very interesting about this particular organization is their focus on providing job skills for victims. It’s always a good day when I am able to report on an organization that is helping victims of trafficking.
Although GlowbalAct is a Swiss NGO (non governmental organization) they have recently expanded their work to Israel. They sponsor an organization called A.I.R. (Act.Inspire.Restore) in Israel to provide job skills for former victims of sex trafficking. The idea is to recycle pallet wood into rustic pieces of furniture. Every single piece of furniture is unique, because it all comes from recycled goods. So, it’s earth-friendly, and provides job training and skills for people in need. You have to see the amazing furniture to believe it: www.madebyair.com.
In addition to providing jobs trainings for victims, GlowbalAct sponsors a really nifty fundraising event called StilletoRun. The pictures really say it all – people running in heels, to raise awareness and funds for victims. The runs are, of course, in places like Zurich and Bern, but I’m so impressed with the idea that I’d like to send it along to the organizations I support here in the U.S. who are working on human trafficking (particularly sex trafficking). More information on volunteering and participating in these fundraisers can be found here: http://www.glowbalact.com/en/projects-events/#stiletto-runhttp://www.glowbalact.com/en/projects-events/#stiletto-run.
To learn more about human trafficking in Switzerland and in Israel, you can look here: http://www.glowbalact.com/en/human-trafficking/#human-trafficking.
As one who has been working on this issue for over a year now with my various women’s organizations, I cannot emphasize enough the global impact this terrible issue has on affected populations. It reaches to every corner of the world and it is every bit as bad as I have reported over and over again on this blog.
A special thank you to GlowbalAct and A.I.R. for the fabulous work that you do for people in need. I am inspired by the work that you do.
Psalm 82:4 (NRSV): Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Serve all with love.
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