‘STEPS IN THE PARK’ TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND MODERN DAY SLAVERY
Singapore, 05 April, 2014 – Over 1,200 people battled the adverse weather to take part in today’s STEPS in the Park event, choosing to run or walk for 5km to help raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery .
STEPS in the Park was conceived by EmancipAsia, a Singapore based not for profit organisation made up entirely of volunteers, with the aim of enabling people to ‘take their first step’ towards gaining a better understanding of human trafficking and modern day slavery. Participants were also invited to take a further step by taking a pledge where they committed to ‘Raise awareness by telling at least 2 more people about the cause’, ‘Be more informed about sex and labour trafficking’ and to ‘Reduce their Slavery Footprint’. The supporting partners were Singapore Government Interagency Taskforce against Trafficking in Persons and ACS International Singapore
Joining the STEPS in the Park event today was Speaker of Parliament, Madam Halimah Yacob, who addressed the participants with a speech, before she signed the EmancipAsia ‘Pledge Board’, and flagged off the 5km non-competitive event.
“It is very heartening to see so many people supporting the STEPS in the Park initiative, which is a recognition that Singaporeans and residents want to be involved. Together, we are giving a voice to the 27 million victims of human trafficking and modern day slaves in the world today”, said Ms Sylvia Lee, Founder and Director of EmancipAsia.
Participants started the 5km route at the Silver Garden, before making their way over the Marina Bay Barrage and along Bay East Garden, before making their way back to the Silver Garden where the planned activities took place.
After the run, STEPS in the Park participants learned about the subject via experiential learning activities, “Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking “- an ArtWorks for Freedom exhibition by photographer, Kay Chernush, as well as posters that informed viewers of the different dimensions of the subject, including Singapore’s National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons. Participants were also treated to a range of merchandise which has been designed to help to spread the word beyond today’s event.
Participants will now vote online for their favourite from the selected three finalists, in a t-shirt design competition that has seen students designing entries over the past three months. The winner will take away the top prize of SGD$200 Shopping Vouchers. A lucky draw, where will be winners contacted individually and announced on Facebook, will see others pick up some fantastic prizes including hotel stays, food and beverage vouchers and fragrances from sponsors including Siloso Beach Resort, The Regent Singapore and LuxAsia Ltd.
for more info you can visit Steps in the Park Website