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RAGAS Seminars and Presentations


RAGAS Members organise and attend seminars and presentations around the world to engage, educate, and harness support.

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RIP 2015/6 K.R. ‘Ravi’ Ravidran with President Carter

US RAGAS Coordinator organised a World Summit on Human Trafficking (May 2015)

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From L-R Cokkie Eaker, Dave McCleary, RIP ‘Ravi’, Carol Metzker

The first annual world summit to End Human Trafficking, took place at the Carter Centre, in Atlanta, Georgia between 11-12 May. The summit, attended by RI President Elect “Ravi” Ravindran, was hosted by President Jimmy Carter and master-minded by RAGAS Board member, Dave McCleary, a member of the Rotary Club of Roswell, District 6900. The World Summit’s goal was to create a 10-year plan to end commercial sexual exploitation. President Carter called for action to “stamp out safe havens for sex profiteers and to provide care and services for those who leave the sex trade or escape bondage”.

Ravindran said, “Why is it rarely on the front pages of newspapers? The sense that trafficking is too shameful to discuss must end. …Human trafficking must end”.

An excellent report on the Summit by RACASRAG Member Carol Meztker can be viewed on page 4 of RACSNews 56.  Recommendations from the Summit, are included in this Carter Centre news item.

Working together “Round Table”, Italy (November 2015)

The Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery in Italy participated in the Round Table organized by the Salvation Army Italy on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, Mr. McArthur, officially opened the event where the speakers from the Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery Italy, ECPAT Italy, the Greenlight Project of The Salvation Army, Vite Trasformate (English: Transformed Lives) and other organizations talked about violence against women and its links with child slavery. This event was just a starting point to facilitate networking and the exchange of information among those who care for the victims of modern slavery and whose working language is Italian. For more info, see the dedicated website: (Laura can you send me the link please and a picture?)

Rotary And The United Nations

Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations dates back to 1945 when some 49 Rotary members acted as delegates, advisors, and consultants at the United Nations Charter Conference. The United Nations has given Rotary International the highest consultative status possible for non-governmental organisations. Rotary and the United Nations have a long history of working together and sharing similar visions for a more peaceful world … more

Il Santo Padre e Laura DryjanskaRAGAS Members attend workshop prompted by Pope Francis (November 2013)

Our RAG Coordinator for Italy, Laura Dryjanska (RC of Roma Centenario) [pictured right], and RAG member Roberto Giua (Rotary E Club Rom@it) were invited as observers to a workshop on Human Trafficking which took place at the Vatican. The two-day event was organized by the Pontifical Academies of Science and of Social Sciences. Laura’s report on the Workshop entitled ‘Reflections on the Vatican Working Group on Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery’ can be found in Newsletter 44

Human Slavery Forum in Melbourne, Australia (November 2014)

RAGAS Coordinator Tony Stokes and his group of supporters organised a “Human Slavery Forum” at the Town Hall in BoxHill, which is a suburb of Melbourne Victoria, Australia. RAGAS Coordinator Dr Gillian Booth from Western Australia, was the main speaker.  Gillian represents Maiti Nepal in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and is a public speaker raising awareness in the community on slavery and human trafficking. Gillian spoke about the Maiti Nepal project , as well as global issues on slavery and human trafficking, the Rotarian Action Group and trafficking in Australia more generally.

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The 3rd Shadow Children Forum, Rome (19 March 2016)

RAGAS Italy held its third forum dedicated to the topic of street children and modern slavery at the LUMSA University of Rome, which is very close to the St. Peter’s Square. It discussed various forms of child slavery around the world. Organiser Laura Dryjanska said, “We are thrilled to have participation of representatives of almost 30 Rotary Clubs from Italy, especially from the 2100 Rotary District, thanks to the dynamic PDG Maria Rita Acciardi, now also a member of our RAG, as well as Past President Nicola Atteritano and current President Patrizia Carbone of the Rotary Club Florense, soon after joining the Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery.”

Padre Claudio-Marzia Giua-Mark Little- Matt Friedman- Laura Dryjanska (559x314) (180x101)The speakers included Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Social Sciences, Italian experts on child slavery. Keynote presentations were provided by RAGAS Chairman, Mark Little, and CEO of the Mekong Club Matt Friedman. News of the work being done in Italy prompted incoming RI President 2016/17 John Germ to write a letter congratulating Laura and her team. He continued … “I encourage you to continue working with clubs, districts, local, and international partners to enhance the health and welfare of children in your communities and in communities around the world”. See Laura’s full report in RACSNews 63 Page 7.

Slavery & trafficking discussed at UN Rotary Day (November 2015)

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