New Delhi: Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday chaired the ninth meeting of the ‘Task Force on Women Safety Issues’ at Raj Niwas. Lt Governor advised Chief Secretary to monitor the installation work of panic buttons in public transport to ensure completion in a time-bound manner.According to Raj Niwas pres statement LG advised Secretary (Social Welfare) to intensify the skill development programmes in Women and Children Homes. LG directed police to intensify patrolling during the opening and closing timings of schools, colleges to ensure the safety of girl students. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”LG emphasized that all stakeholders must have a focused and coordinated strategy to make Delhi a safe city for women. Stressing on the need for a change in mindset as well, he directed the departments to keep up their efforts for generating awareness and sensitization. He urged all concerned to work towards creating a Delhi that is safe for women,” said the press statement. Special teams have been formed for inspection of women shelters. Five institutions for women with mental health issues with 658 inmates are being managed by the Department of Social Welfare. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDelhi Police informed that they have started several initiatives for women safety, which includes the deployment of police personnel at opening and closing time of girl/Co-Education Schools and Colleges, intensive patrolling of ERVs, QRTs & Motor Cycles. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, Delhi, Chairperson Delhi Commission for Women, Addl Chief Secretary (Home) GNCTD, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, Chairperson (NDMC) and other senior officials.
Many of those falling prey to traffickers are migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers who have left their country of origin for various reasons; including conflict, natural disaster, persecution or extreme poverty.“They have left behind their social protection network, and are particularly vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation,” said Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, in a statement marking the Day.Ms. Giammarinaro observed that in the current “poisonous anti-migration political atmosphere,” migrants are often targeted as a threat, while in fact they are a net-gain for host countries where they live and work.Against that backdrop, the UN expert stressed that anti-trafficking discourse is often misused “to justify restrictive migration policies and push-back activities.”“Taking a stand against xenophobic and racist approaches, as well as violence, hatred and discrimination, is a moral duty which is in everyone’s power,” she underscored.Calling it “a gross human rights violation,” Ms. Giammarinaro argued that States have an obligation to prevent trafficking.Turning to the Global Migration Compact, the UN expert asserted that in addition to international protection schemes, States should establish individualized approaches to gauge migrants’ vulnerabilities, and provide them with tailored protections.“In many countries, human rights activists and civil society organizations have been criminalized and ostracized for acting in solidarity with migrants and victims, and potential victims of trafficking,” she flagged. Dismissing as “unacceptable” any attempt to delegitimize their humanitarian work, Ms. Giammarinaro said that civil society organizations globally play “a pivotal role” in saving lives.Non-governmental organizations are also important in identifying trafficking victims, which according to the UN expert is “essential for ensuring access to protection and rehabilitation for victims, and should be prioritized, including during large mixed migration movements.”“On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, my message is that, even in difficult times, inclusion, not exclusion, is the answer,” she concludedUN Special Rapporteurs serve in their individual capacity, independent from any government or organization.