….but we are all fabulous.

UN Day against Trafficking and for Friendship

It’s my birthday today. I thought I’d see what else is going on this day and as well as sharing a birthday with Kate Bush, Emily Bronte and Liz Kershaw to name but three, there are two UN international days celebrated today which I think are really worthwhile.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (

From the website above: “Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.”

World day against trafficking 2014

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) works to counter trafficking. They estimate that they have helped 85,000 people worldwide ( with one in seven identified victims in 2015 receiving assistance and protection. Their tweet today reported that 81% of trafficking survivors assisted by IOM over the last decade were trafficked for forced marriage.

A quarter of all victims are children.


60% of detected victims are women.  That rises to 75% when girls are included in the number.

World-Day-Against-Trafficking-in-Persons-observed-July-30 women and children

To learn more about Human Trafficking and to find out how you can help, visit


The second UN day celebrated on 30th July is the UN International Day of Friendship (

With all the divisions in the world and what feels like growing intolerance and nationalism here in the UK and across Europe, international friendships are more important than ever.

This poem and its translation appeared last year and although they are aimed at children, the message feels very appropriate.


By Jane Heitman Healy


You start by saying Hi there,

Hello, Aloha, Ciao

If someone answers back to you

Smile and nod and bow.


You might try saying Hola,

Salut, Goddag, Shalom.

If someone answers back to you,

They might be far from home.


A friend begins by greeting

Those they meet along the way

To make them feel welcome

At home, at school, at play.


basado en “How to Make a Friend” por Jane Heitman Healy

Comienzas diciendo ¿Como está?

Hola, Aloha, Ciao

Si alguien te responde,

sonríe, saluda con la cabeza  e inclínate.


Puedes intentar decir Hello,

Salut, Goddag, Shalom.

Si alguien te responde,

debe de estar lejos de casa.


La amistad comienza saludando

a los que encuentras en el camino

para que se sientan bienvenidos

en tu casa, en la escuela, en los juegos.


Wishing everyone a day that has hope and friendship.



2 comments on “UN Day against Trafficking and for Friendship

  1. ronniecruwys
    July 30, 2016

    Happy birthday Sue! Hope alls well. Your drawing class friends all send their love and best wishes. Enjoy your day and good to hear from you via the blog. Ronnie

    • notallwomenarethesame
      July 31, 2016

      Hi Ronnie, good to hear from you too! Sorry I haven’t been able to make class, wedding preps and work have just kept me a bit overwhelmed until the last week or so. Hope to catch up with you all in the autumn, I miss you guys! Sue xx

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