Welsh AM Joyce Watson to speak about human trafficking at Women’s Development Forum lunch meeting

February 21st, 2014 by Investec Bank Channel Islands Limited

Joyce Watson, National Assembly for Wales member for Mid and West Wales, will speak to the Women's Development Forum on Monday 24 February 2014 (click image to expand - image courtesy of the National Assembly for Wales)

Joyce Watson, National Assembly for Wales member for Mid and West Wales, will speak to the Women’s Development Forum lunch on Monday 24 February 2014 (click image to expand – image courtesy of the National Assembly for Wales)

Joyce Watson, Welsh Assembly member for Mid and West Wales, will discuss Human trafficking at a Women’s Development Forum lunchtime event on Monday 24 February 2014.

Mrs Watson is being brought over by Investec Specialist Bank, which is sponsoring the monthly lunch.

She has a close connection with Deputy Michelle Le Clerc, who met the member of the Welsh Assembly at a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference in the Falkland Islands.

“Joyce has done a lot of work on human trafficking as well as gender equality.”

“She’s an extremely interesting woman and her talk promises to be full of fascinating facts and discussion points.”

“It’s always a great honour to have someone of Joyce’s calibre and experience to address the Women’s Development Forum members,” Deputy Le Clerc said.

Retha Jenkins, local human trafficking campaigner for the charity GAST, will also be at the lunch.

She said it was vital to inform the public of modern slavery, as she said awareness was the first line of defence.

“Before people can take action against human trafficking, they need to know the problem exists.”

(click image to go to GAST website)

(click image to go to GAST website)

GAST aims to raise awareness locally as to ensure that islanders are more equipped to protect themselves when going to university or travelling abroad.’ said Mrs Jenkins.

Mrs Watson has been involved in a number of high profile campaigns.

In 2010 she published Bordering on Concern, a report on Human Trafficking in Wales.

As a result of her campaign work Wales now has an anti-Trafficking coordinator.

In 2009 she created the Women in Construction network and she continues to work with employers and trade bodies to get more young people and women into the construction industry.

Mrs Watson has also enrolled male sports ambassadors for her White Ribbon campaign work to support the fight against domestic violence, an idea that has since been taken up by the Welsh Rugby Union.

She is hoping during her trip to develop links between a school in Tenby and Guernsey to raise further awareness of White Ribbon day in the island.

There are a limited number of non-member spaces available.

For a ticket please contact [email protected] and for more information about the event please visit the WDF website.

 

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