Make @Nestle honor its pledge to fight Ivorian Cocoa Child Labor! #CSR cc @ILONEWS #EndChildSlaveLabor2016

Thousands of child slaves need Nestle to follow through on its promise to #SayNØkay2ChildSlaveLabor in cocoa farming.

There has been progress in the effort to eliminate the worst forms of child labor worldwide. As a result of international commitments and the ILO convention to eradicate the worst forms of child labor, tens of millions of children around the world are out of work and in school. But as the world gets closer to the deadline in 2016 for the eradication of child labour around the world, the pace of progress is slowing.

Nestle has a social responsibility to fight to ensure an end to child slave labor in the cocoa farming processes.

We, as consumers, have a responsibility to hold Nestle to their pledge of redoubling efforts to stamp out the practice.

Stepping up the fight against child labour. A large gap remains between the ratification of Conventions on child labour and the actions countries take to deal with the problem. via International Labour Organisation (ILO)

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Nestle pledges action on Ivorian cocoa child labor

(Reuters) – Child labor is still widespread on Ivory Coast cocoa farms supplying Nestle (NESN.VX), an investigation by a workers’ rights group has found, prompting the world’s biggest food group to pledge a redoubling of efforts to stamp out the practice.

The Fair Labor Association (FLA), a Washington-based civil society organization, said its investigation was the first time a multinational chocolate producer had allowed its procurement system to be completely traced and assessed…. read more

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Nestle responds to Fair Labor Association criticism

FLA: Labour violations in sourcing cocoa from Ivory Coast – Nestle pledges action with Ivory Coast supplies

ZURICH, June 29 (Reuters) – Child labour is still widespread on Ivory Coast cocoa farms supplying Nestle, an investigation by a workers’ rights group has found, prompting the world’s biggest food group to pledge a redoubling of efforts to stamp out the practice.

The Fair Labor Association (FLA), a Washington-based civil society organisation, said its investigation was the first time a multinational chocolate producer had allowed its procurement system to be completely traced and assessed.

“The investigation by FLA found that child labor persists despite industry efforts to discourage the employment of children,” it said in a statement…. read more

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The UN’s latest figures estimate that of the  215 million children (127 million boys and 88 million girls) currently trapped (RIGHT NOW AS YOU READ THIS) in some kind of child labour,115 million are trapped in ‘the worst form’ of child slave labour.

Read more about ending Child Slave Labor By 2016  #ECSL2016

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Hello friends,

Nestle has a social responsibility to fight to ensure an end to child slave labour in the cocoa farming processes.

We, as consumers, have a responsibility to hold Nestle to their pledge of redoubling efforts to stamp out the practice.

Gaye

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Gaye Crispin  #ECSL2016

End Child Slave Labor by 2016

#SayNØkay2ChildSlaveLabor

@UN_CSW Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women turns 30. Happy B’Day! http://owl.li/c8NIm ‪#CEDAW‬

#SayNØkay To Discrimination Against Women

Happy Birthday to the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

#CEDAW

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Thuthuzela Care Centres

Thuthuzela means ‘Comfort’ in the Xhosa language. South Africa is facing an unprecedented rape crisis. According to crime statistics, one in every 3 women has been raped in South Africa. The Thuthuzela Care Centres are ‘one-stop shops’ designed to address the needs of sexual assault survivors. The centres provide emergency medical care, crisis counseling, police investigation and court preparation in an integrated and survivor-friendly manner.

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#SayNØkay To Discrimination Against Women

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UN Women at Rio +20 Gender Equality Promotes Sustainable Development

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#SayNØkay To Discrimination Against Women

 

Women play a central role in advancing sustainable development. Everyday women take decisions that impact sustainable development—be it the use of land, water, energy, or forests or through their contributions to their families and the economy. If women have equal access to resources and opportunities and are part of the decision-making processes, women can become drivers of sustainable development. In partnership with women, their communities, and grassroots organizations, UN Women supports many initiatives that promote sustainable development solutions.

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#SayNØkay 2 #HumanTrafficking #Follow @DontSellBodies @jadapsmith Jada Pinkett Smith|Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

Jada Pinkett Smith

“83% of confirmed trafficking cases in the US are American born citizens? Between 700,000 and 4 million women and children will be trafficked this year, with the majority being forced to work in the sex trade.

In America, there are an estimated 40,000 men, women and children enslaved at this very moment,” say activists Jada Pinkett Smith and Mexican actress Salma Hayek.

Smith and Hayek recently launched a website called Don’tSellBodies.org, which serves as a resource for victims of Human Trafficking, and as an information hub to help people learn more about Human Trafficking.

Jada also released a new music video with her band Wicked Evolution for the song Nada Se Compara,which she sings in Spanish.

The video, directed by Hayek, was inspired by the real-life story of a young woman sold into sexual slavery by her boyfriend.

” If everyone who cares takes action, we can end slavery once and for all. It’s time.”

Don’tSellBodies.Org

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Hello friends,

Let’s join together and support the fight against Human Trafficking.

Follow Don’t Sell Bodies on Twitter

Visit Don’t Sell Bodies blog on Tumblr

Find Don’t Sell Bodies on Facebook

And please hit the share buttons below,

Thank you,

Gaye

Gaye Crispin, #SayNØkay2FGM, #ECSL2016

#SayNØkay2FGM – Say NØkay to Female Gender Mutilation

Read:  We, The Women Of This Generation, Can End Female Genital Mutilation … Worldwide… by  Gaye Crispin @gayecrispin #SayNØkay2FGM-

#SayNØkay to Child Slave Labor by 2016

Read: End Child Slave Labor By 2016 by Gaye Crispin @gayecrispin #ECSL2016

We, The Women Of This Generation, Can End Female Genital Mutilation … Worldwide… #BRISTOLvsFGM #SayNØkay2FGM #GayeCrispin

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 Bristol vs FGM

Bristol’s award-winning film ‘Silent Scream’ tackles FGM

A Bristol-based charity, Integrate Bristol, has helped a group of 27 young women produce the award-winning drama documentary ‘Silent Scream which won the category of Young Voice award at First Light Awards recently in London.

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Integrate Bristol 

The film, ‘Silent Scream,’ was produced by Integrate Bristol, a charity working with, and for, children and young people who have come to Britain from other countries and cultures.

The charity was formed to help these children and young people with integration and adaptation. 

Integrate Bristol helped 27 young women from Bristol make a movie designed to raise awareness of FGM, and also to campaign against  FGM within their community.-

Silent Scream – Trailer

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It’s believed up to 2,000 females in Bristol (20,000 in Britian) could be subjected to FMG annually. Female Genital Mutilation  is a crime in the UK with a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment. Prosecutions are rare, with most family members being reluctant to speak out. Integrate Bristol hopes that greater education and support will help open up dialogue and lift the veil of silence.
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15 year old Sadumo Abukar, who worked on the script of Silent Scream, said: “With the summer approaching, this campaign is very important, as this is the time of year girls are most at risk from being taken abroad for FGM to be carried out.
 
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The Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB)

Chair of the BSCB Professor Ray Jones, said: “Although Bristol has already done a lot of work in this area, it is important we continue to remind people that FGM is a form of child abuse.

It is illegal for any UK citizen to have any form of FGM and the law extends this protection to women and girls if they are taken outside the country.” “The school summer holidays is known to be a time of risk and I’m pleased to see this programme of activity from both statutory organisations and community groups, presenting a united front against the practice.” … read more  

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Silent Scream

The Documentary (10 mins) Courtesy  First Light Awards

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Hello Friends,
I believe the wider Bristol community, the BSCB, First Light Awards, Professor Ray Jones, and especially the 27 heroic women and Integrate Bristol all deserve a big “well done.”
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Works like ‘Silent Scream’ have a tendency of encouraging discussion and debate,  a necessary ingredient in opening up and establishing dialogue with practitioners and advocates of FGM.
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By showcasing  a family being torn apart by loyalties to both old and new worlds, and challenging cultures and tradition that condone FGM, the Integrate Bristol organisation, are a true credit to Bristol.
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Silent Scream is a shining example of what’s possible when a collaborative and supportive community decide not to bury their head in the sand, but set about to address the real-life challenges their members face pro-actively and creatively.
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Well done to the people of Bristol for your contribution to ending Female Genital Mutilation.
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You’re and inspiration,
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Gaye Crispin
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We, The Women Of This Generation, Can End Female Genital Mutilation … Worldwide… #GayeCrispin #SayNØkay2FGM

 We, the women of this generation, can bring an end to Female Genital Mutilation…

….worldwide

By Gaye Crispin

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Hello friends,

In case you don’t feel like reading through this post I’ve put my end-note here at the beginning too,  so that you’ll know what to do.

I truly believe that we, the women of this generation, can bring an end to FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), worldwide… once we decide to!

So let’s decide to! And let’s do it!

And guys, we need you all to join in and help us.

Please join me. Click here and Sign The Appeal  for a worldwide ban by the United Nations General Assembly on Female Genital Mutilation

Together we can do this,

Gaye Crispin

Gaye Crispin #SayNØkay2FGM

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About Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM involves partial or full removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.

The World Health Organisation estimates somewhere between 100–140 million women and girls alive today have been subjected to FGM.


We can bring an end FGM

Raise your voice to end Female Genital Mutilation

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Nawal El Saadawi

Dr Nawal El Saadawi was only 6 years old when four women held her down in her family home and sliced off her clitoris with a razor blade.

“Since I was a child that deep wound left in my body has never healed,” she wrote in her first autobiography, A Daughter of Isis. “I lay in a pool of blood. After a few days, the bleeding stopped. The midwife peered between my thighs and said, ‘All is well. The wound has healed, thanks be to God.’ But the pain was there, like an abscess in my flesh.”

For the past 60 years Nawal, who is nearly 81 years old, has continued to campaign for an end to FGM, of which an estimated two million girls are at risk each year.

She has written 47 books tackling problems faced by women in Egypt, including Women and Sex in 1972, for which she lost her job as director of public health for the Egyptian Ministry of Health.  El Saadawi is said to be the most widely translated Egyptian author. Her writings focus on Arab women’s problems, gender equality, and women’s oppression, particularly Female Genital Mutilation.

Dr El Saadawi wrote her story, Memoirs from the Women’s Prison, on low grade toilet paper, and using an eyeliner pencil she borrowed from a fellow prisoner when she spent three months in jail for “crimes against the state.”

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Egypt Bans FGM After Death Of 12 Year Old Badour Shaker

Egypt banned the practice of circumcising females after the tragic death of a 12-year-old Egyptian girl, Badour Shaker, whose mother paid a female doctor $9 to cut off her daughters’ clitoris.

“When I heard of the death of Badour Shaker I wrote an open letter to her parents, saying they should not be silent – they should scream so all the world would hear their voice. They should use her death to educate everybody,” Dr El Saadawi said.

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We can bring an end FGM 

Raise your voice to end Female Genital Mutilation

 #SayNØkay2FGM

Sign The Appeal  for a worldwide ban by the United Nations General Assembly on Female Genital Mutilation

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Waris Dirie – Desert Flower – DesertFlower.org 

Waris Dirie came from the Somali desert to dominate the world’s catwalks. Dirie is without doubt one of the word’s most beautiful women, inside and out. But when Waris Dirie’s movie, DESERT FLOWER appeared in 1998, the world was shocked.
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In New York, at the peak of her career, she tells in an interview of the practice of female genital mutilation that she had to suffer when she was five. Waris Dirie decided to end her life as a model and dedicate her life to fighting this archaic ritual.
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Fashion model, UN ambassador and courageous spirit, Waris Dirie is a remarkable woman.
Born into a traditional family of tribal desert nomads in Somalia, at age five years old she was forced to endure the savage custom of female circumcision.
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At age twelve she ran away, on foot through the desert, in order to escape an arranged marriage.
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Her world changed when she was ‘discovered’ by Terence Donovan while working as a cleaner in London, and she went on to become a top fashion model.
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Her books, Desert Flower and Desert Dawn are both best sellers.
“I feel that God made my body perfect the way I was born. Then man robbed me, took away my power, and left me a cripple. My womanhood was stolen. If God had wanted those body parts missing, why did he create them? 
I just pray that one day no woman will have to experience this pain. It will become a thing of the past. People will say “Did you hear, female genital mutilation has been outlawed in Somalia?” Then the next country, and the next, and so on, until the world is safe for all women. What a happy day that will be, and that’s what I’m working toward. In’shallah, if God is willing, it will happen. ”  
Waris Dirie,
Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad.
You can also follow Waris Dirie on Twitter
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Desert Flower – The Movie  Part 1

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The Desert Flower Foundation says:  

Health workers in Australia demand greater education about the practice of female genital mutilation as they increasingly treat women who underwent the procedure, as World News Australia reports on Monday. “Twenty years ago it was never spoken of,” said Louise Farrell, Chairwoman of Women’s Health at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “In the last 10 years, with the increase of African immigration, it has become more of an issue and that has led to resource people in most of the tertiary maternity units throughout the country”, she further stated. FGM is illegal in Australia, as is re-stitching a woman who has undergone the treatment after she gives birth. While there is no evidence that female genital mutilation takes place in Australia, health workers are aware of migrants returning to their home countries to have their children undergo the procedure.

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 #SayNØkay2FGM

Sign The Appeal  for a worldwide ban by the United Nations General Assembly on Female Genital Mutilation

On 3 May 2012, the International NGO Coalition for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation launched an appeal to the United Nations for a Resolution that explicitly bans female genital mutilation worldwide and calls on all States to take all necessary legislative, political and operational measures aimed at ending the practice.

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Hello friends,

I truly believe that we, the women of this generation, can bring an end to Female Genital Mutilation,

worldwide…

…once we decide to!

So let’s decide to! And let’s do it!

Please join me and Sign The Appeal  for a worldwide ban by the United Nations General Assembly on Female Genital Mutilation

Together we can do this,

Gaye Crispin

#SayNØkay2FGM

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Female Genital Mutilation

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Say Nokay To Corporate Social & Environmental Irresponsibilty!

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People before Profit.

Large corporations need to be forced consider people before profit.

They aren’t going to adopt that attitude on their own.

Shareholder  Responsibility.

We shareholders play our part in driving corporate consciousness –  whether we like admit it or not.

If we demand large corporations adopt socially responsible policies, putting ‘people before profit,’ corporates will have no choice but to come in line.

Fracking Is A Good Example

Until there is conclusive evidence that fracking doesn’t negatively impact on the water table, we owe it to future generations to challenge the presented ‘facts.’

We need to ensure we aren’t supporting something which will result in long-term problems for the communities being ‘fracked.’

We need to demand social and environmental responsibility of  corporations we invest in and support.

It’s Up To Us

As always, it’s up us, the people, to use our influence to ensure large corporations don’t run rough-shod  over local and indigenous communities. Governments generally won’t do it. Too often they are too busy being in bed with them.

But! Governments generally will listen and intervene if they think it will impact votes.

We need to get involved, attend shareholder meetings, vote and speak out. Stir it up a bit.

Do you you get involved in understanding what the companies you’ve invested in are up to?

We’d love to hear your story.

Say Nokay

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Hi there,

This is the the place where I record all the things I or my friends have said ‘It’s Not Okay’ to.

It’s also a place for petitions and actions of significance.

It’s my protest place.

Gaye

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