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Right to be Free, in collaboration with Free the Slaves and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, announces the organization of a symposium aimed at increasing public awareness on the nature and scope of child trafficking in Ghana. It would seek to develop a common understanding of the role of government institutions, civil society organizations and local communities in combating child trafficking, as well as identifying gaps and challenges.

This symposium is being conducted as part of Ghana civil society's implementation of the Child Protection Compact (CPC), which was recently signed by the governments of the United States and Ghana. The event will bring together relevant government ministries, District Assemblies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), media, children, fishermen, and community members from regions afflicted with high incidence of child trafficking, to collectively reflect on the interventions, challenges, gaps and recommendations in the fight against modern-day child slavery.

News media planning to cover the event are asked to RSVP to Joyce Okyere Asiedu ([email protected] or 024-304-5332) or Zainab Mahama ([email protected] or 024-432-9960) no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016.


What:Opening Session of the Growing Up Freerdquo; Symposium

When:Thursday, July 28, 2016

Time: 8:00 a.m. � 10:35 a.m. (Press are asked to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m.)

Where: Mensvic Hotel, East Legon

Theme: Trafficking in Persons (TIP)

Speakers: Robert P. Jackson, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection

Eric Peasah, Director, Right to Be Free

Joha Braimah, Country Director, Free the Slaves

Ambassador Jackson will be available for pull-aside interviews after the opening session.

Source: U.S. Department of State.

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