Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee


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The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is an Alliance of more than 80 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world. The International Secretariat of GAATW based in Bangkok, Thailand, coordinates the activities of the Alliance, collects and disseminates information and advocates on behalf of the Alliance at regional and international level.


The member organizations include

Organizations whose aims and programmes are aligned with a human rights based approach;

Organizations which are working autonomously on anti-trafficking and/or the related areas of migration/migrant labour, in the areas of policy and advocacy, research, direct assistance, prevention;

Organizations advocating for women’s rights;

Organizations advocating for migrants’ labour rights;

Self-organized groups of migrant workers, domestic workers, survivors of trafficking, and sex workers.


GAATW sees the phenomenon of human trafficking intrinsically embedded in the context of migration for the purpose of labour. 

GAATW therefore promotes and defends the human rights of all migrants and their families against the threat of an increasingly globalized labour market and calls for safety standards for migrant workers in the process of migration and in the formal and informal sectors – garment and food processing, agriculture and farming, domestic work, sex work -- where slavery-like conditions and practices exist. 

GAATW is committed towards effecting change at the local level through its members and allies, and internationally through its secretariat in Bangkok. For this purpose, it supports sharing of knowledge, experiences and working methodologies amongst the Alliance to enhance the effectiveness of anti-trafficking activities. 


Structure and Resources: Mission and Objectives:

GAATW's mission is to ensure that the human rights of migrant women are respected and protected by authorities and agencies. 

We advocate for the incorporation of human rights standards in all anti-trafficking initiatives, including in the implementation of the Trafficking Protocol, Supplementary to the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime (2000). GAATW strives to promote and share good practices of anti-trafficking initiatives but also to critique and stop bad practices and harm caused by existing practices.

GAATW's mission is to ensure that the human rights of migrant women are respected and protected by authorities and agencies. 

We advocate for the incorporation of human rights standards in all anti-trafficking initiatives, including in the implementation of the Trafficking Protocol, Supplementary to the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime (2000). GAATW strives to promote and share good practices of anti-trafficking initiatives but also to critique and stop bad practices and harm caused by existing practices. 

GAATW promotes women migrant workers' rights and believes that ensuring safe migration and protecting rights of migrant workers should be at the core of all anti-trafficking efforts. We advocate for living and working conditions that provide women with more alternatives in their countries of origin, and to develop and disseminate information to women about migration, working conditions and their rights. 

We support the self-organization of women migrant workers, ensuring their presence and self-representation in international fora. GAATW aims to build new alliances among various sectors of migrants.


Basic Principles of GAATW:

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is a network of non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world, who share a deep concern for the women, children and men whose human rights have been violated by the criminal practice of trafficking in persons. GAATW is committed to work for changes in the political, economic, social and legal systems and structures which contribute to the persistence of trafficking in persons and other human rights violations in the context of migratory movements for diverse purposes, including security of labour and livelihood. In particular, GAATW addresses the diverse issues arising from the trafficking in persons as currently defined in the Palermo Protocol. Within this framework, it addresses the core aspects of trafficking in persons: forced labour and services in all sectors of the formal and informal economy as well as the public and private organization of work. Furthermore, GAATW promotes and defends the rights and safety of all migrants and their families against the threats of an increasingly globalized and informalized labour market. GAATW applies a Human Rights Based Approach to address trafficking issues, which means:

Centering the human rights of trafficked persons and those in vulnerable situations, in all anti-trafficking activities;

Acknowledging the equality of all persons to exercise, defend and promote their inherent, universal and indivisible human rights

Non-discrimination on any grounds, including ethnic descent, age, sexual orientation or preference, religion, gender, age, nationality and occupation (including work in the informal sectors such as domestic work, sex work, etc.)

Primacy of the principles of accountability, participation and inclusivity / non-discrimination in working methodologies, and organizational structures and procedures. In this respect, self-representation and organization of those directly affected by trafficking are strongly encouraged and supported.


GAATW supports sharing of knowledge, working experiences and working methodologies amongst its members, in order to enhance the effectivity of collective anti-trafficking activities.

GAATW welcomes cooperation with all organizations, agencies or persons who share its principles.

GAATW is organizationally independent and will refrain from any party political, governmental, commercial or religious affiliations. However, members are autonomous and free to enter into affiliations of their choice, as long as these are not contradictory to GAATW’s Basic Principles.


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