Archive for the ‘Human Trafficking’ Category

Vivhaan, mobile phones and empowerment. (www.vivhaan.com)

When we first conceived Vivhaan we recognised the unique opportunity that mobile phones present to empower people that have previously been on the margins of society. With over 910 million mobile subscriptions in India, almost everyone either has a mobile phone or access to one through a family member or friend. In our initial pilot we wanted to test “what communication technologies might be most helpful in reaching women and girls vulnerable to human trafficking?”

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Vivhaan launches in India with official endorsement

It’s been an exhilarating two weeks and we have only just begun our pilot phase. The formal unveiling of Vivhaan, a new website and mobile application to help communities fight Human Trafficking, occurred on 27th February 2012 at the Mobile and Web Technologies in Social and Economic Development, held in New Delhi. Since then we have also spoken at the conference on Economic Migration and Human Trafficking at the India Habitat Centre. Both presentations where extremely well received, giving us great encouragement and hope for the future.

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Nimbus signs DFID contract for Asia Anti-Trafficking Programme

The pilot project called ‘Vivhaan’ which means ‘the dawn of a new day’ or ‘new beginning’ in Hindi, runs between November 2011 and May 2012. The consortium led by Nimbus and Stop The Traffik is trying to address two major issues, firstly, the provision of information to women and girls in impoverished communities, to raise awareness of human trafficking and empower them to make informed decisions about their future; secondly, to bring a greater level of co-ordination to stakeholders, across India and Bangladesh, engaged in fight human trafficking, by gathering information and intelligence of trafficking activities.

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