U.S. Consul General Craig Hall has announced that U.S. Consulate Kolkata-sponsored anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) caravan which will start in Kolkata in late March, will travel through the districts of West Bengal, cross Ranchi on April 6 and reach Patna on May 11 to focus on issues related to fighting human trafficking in the eastern states of India.
In Jharkhand, the caravan will pass through trafficking-hit Khunti, Gumla, Lohardanga and Chaibhasa districts.
“The TIP caravan will be a big mobilization and convergence of civil society, government agencies in combatting human trafficking at grass root level,” Hall said while addressing a workshop in Ranchi on Thursday.
The U.S. Consulate Kolkata in partnership with New Delhi based non-governmental organization Shakti Vahini and Kolkata based social enterprise Banglanatakdotcom organized the workshop in Ranchi titled “woMEn: Understanding my Responsibility in Addressing Gender-Based Violence and Inequality” to address issues related to gender based violence and inequality.
The workshop was attended by 60 students belonging to various universities and colleges of Jharkhand, Bihar and north India.
The workshop empowered youth to transform their ideas into actionable projects through capacity building and mentorship.
Students went through structured training on how to use theater as well as digital media to create effective messaging.
Participants also got the opportunity to virtually connect with student leaders from the University of Texas at Austin. They shared best practices from the university’s on-campus programmes with their Indian counterparts.
In addition to key activists and resource persons from India, the workshop hosted Raymond O. Caldwell, Resident-director and full-time Theatre professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University and Johamy Morales, an artist, from Colorado. During the workshop they interacted with the university students teaching them how to use art to address issues related to gender based violence.