Thought for the Day: it takes time 

Drawing inspiration from William Wilberforce, Rosa Parks and the Suffragettes, here are some thoughts on progress… Listen here. 

Welcome

Welcome to those who were treated as invisible, or problematic, or too much, or not enough. Welcome to those who were told they couldn’t, and to those who were asked to leave. Welcome to those who were told not to show weakness, and to the boys who dared to cry. Welcome to those who hadContinue reading “Welcome”

The courage to plant roots

My grandpa could always be found in his garden, which was an exotic oasis full of colours and species waiting to be smelt, seen, touched. It’s no surprise, looking back, that he called each of his grandkids ‘spud’. He would spend his holidays fixing our gardens, often hopping on the plane with the thoughtful giftContinue reading “The courage to plant roots”

Poverty: why?

Working to prevent human trafficking means being very aware of WHY it happens to begin with. It is only by looking at the root of an issue that we may see how to fix it. Gary Haugen does this brilliantly when looking at the problem of poverty. I highly recommend taking a few minutes toContinue reading “Poverty: why?”

How Belfast stood up to the slave trade

‘That the Africans are an inferior link in the grand chain of nature is a prejudice, which has been indulged in and propagated by Europeans, especially in modern times, from considerations peculiarly sordid and contemptible; the fact is that the mental faculties of the n******* are by no means of a subordinate description to those ofContinue reading “How Belfast stood up to the slave trade”

“Not here! Far from here.” CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION IN BRAZIL

BBC Panorama highlighted the contrast they found when researching the World Cup preparations in Brazil in this documentary two nights ago. It’s really tough watching, but it’s important. I saw the same contrast when in Rio last year: excitement and promise, financial investment, change and progress…right next to poverty, despair, exploitation, addiction and hopelessness. We stayedContinue reading ““Not here! Far from here.” CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION IN BRAZIL”

THE BEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD

My favourite place in Belfast is a little, warm, underground, shiny-surfaced, haven of chocolate delight. Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays…I love to celebrate them at Co Couture. And one of my pals just proposed to his lovely (now) fiancee with a ring enclosed in a chocolate egg from here, too! So it felt like Christmas whenContinue reading “THE BEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD”

#nomoretraffik

So this week, we launched the 2014 #nomoretraffik festival. It’s been an amazing start and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  We asked you (and the rest of the NMT crew) to share a childhood photo in order to raise awareness of #nomoretraffik and #bringbackourgirls. I was AMAZED at the response: over 700 shares. I gotContinue reading “#nomoretraffik”

When I was 2…

When I was 2, I wanted to be a singer. No one wants to be a slave. Today is the start of #nomoretraffik week. We are using the opportunity to ask the Nigerian Government to #BringBackOurGirls. What did you dream of being when you grew up?

NOMORETRAFFIK2014

Tomorrow sees the launch of No More Traffik’s 3rd Awareness Festival. Our aim is to make some noise about human trafficking so that NI is aware & able to act. Can you help spread the word this week, too?   This is the programme of organised events. It’s not too late to join – talkContinue reading “NOMORETRAFFIK2014”