You are precious in my sight, you are honoured and I love you
Human trafficking and slavery have long been features of human interactions. But although they go back millennia, sadly they are not relics of the past. Human trafficking is now the world’s fastest growing criminal industry. The International Labour Organization estimates that forced labour generates an annual revenue of around $US150 billion. The Palermo Protocol defines human trafficking as: ‘the taking, harbouring or transferring of persons, by some form of coercion (including fraud, abduction, threat or actual use of force), for the purpose of exploitation’. The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimated that 45.8 million people are involved in some form of modern slavery. Even in Australia indications are that 4 300 people are likely victims. Accurate numbers are difficult to ascertain because this is often a hidden crime with a low level of reporting. Since 2004 there have been 18 criminal convictions in Australia for human trafficking and slavery offences. Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable people, on those living in poverty, those who are powerless and voiceless, and most recently we are facing the appalling situation of the trafficking of refugees.
One young woman who was deeply affected by this reality after reading the story of Somaly Mam, a young woman taken into sexual slavery in Cambodia, is Stephanie Lorenzo. Stephanie is an ex-student of Loreto Normanhurst. Stephanie’s horror at this appalling crime led her to take action and she founded Project Futures, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to reducing human slavery. Project Futures organises a number of events each year to raise awareness and money. Loreto Normanhurst students and parents regularly take part in one of these initiatives – a bike ride through Cambodia.
Here is a link to the Project Futures website and below is information about upcoming events you or your family and friends might like to be part of.
- Great Ocean Walk
- Japan Hike
- Cambodia School Cycle Challenge
- Cambodia Immersion Tour
- Carmino de Santiago Walk
- Cambodia Cycle
Ms Kerry McCullough
Dean of Mission
A message from Cara Fagan, Social Justice Captain 2016 – 2017
Dear Loreto Normanhurst Community
I trust everyone has had a lovely week. My name is Cara Fagan and I am the newly elected Social Justice Captain for 2016-2017 and a boarder from Coonamble. I am very excited for the upcoming year and would like to share some of my goals, thoughts and what social justice means to me, with you all.
Justice, in all forms, plays a large part in my life – and seeing justice through other’s eyes. I believe empathy is the most important tool for one to be able to shift their worldview in order to seek to change and do good in this turbulent world of ours. Regardless of how turbulent it is, not all is lost and we can change to live peacefully and in symbiosis with ourselves, others and our environment. So what I am aiming to do in the upcoming year is promote participation within all activities, as I truly believe everyone has the desire and longing to help common humanity for the betterment of our world.
So, in turn I am aiming to promote an inclusive and comfortable Social Justice Environment at school in which each girl can grow, prosper and excel in taking her moral responsibility to act to help humanity, and take care of our physical environment, as human rights and caring for the earth are closely linked due to the earth providing for the most marginalized.
I was fortunate enough to attend a program hosted by the City of Sydney – called ‘CityTalks’, at which Mary Robinson was the keynote speaker. Mrs Robinson is a wonderful role model and someone on whom I try and model my actions. I’d like to leave you with a quote from her she said on the evening: ‘Today’s human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow’s conflicts.’
Thank you very much for reading – I’m looking forward to the year ahead and I hope you are too!
Social Justice Captain