A member of the Zonta Club of Cleveland, District 5, had the opportunity to be one of the presenters at the 2019 Northeast Ohio National Human Trafficking Conference on 18 January.
The event was hosted by Renee Jones Empowerment Center and the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic at the Notre Dame College Performing Arts Center.
There were several speakers at the event, including Sarojini Rao, a member of the Zonta Club of Cleveland and Lt. Governor of District 5. Sarojini’s 15-minute presentation included a brief summary of Zonta International and its mission and vision. She then went on to talk about Zonta’s position on human trafficking going back to a resolution that was adopted at the Gothenberg Convention in 2002 to promote the Protocol to Prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, and supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
She also mentioned Zonta’s collaboration with the United Nations and the organization’s dedication of one million US dollars for a ZISVAW project during the 2016-2018 Biennium. Additionally, Sarojini talked about how Zonta’s collaboration helped create sustainable foundations for addressing human trafficking and unsafe migration of women and girls in Nepal.
Sarojini ended her presentation with a few examples of projects and initiatives Zonta clubs in the United States and around the world have taken to address the issue of human trafficking.