FROM TRAUMA TO TRIUMPH

HOW ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY INSPIRED A MOVEMENT FROM CAMBODIA TO THE COAST

Each year on International Women's Day, we celebrate the trials and triumphs of women the world over. This year, PROJECT FUTURES will team up with Free To Shine to host an event in Noosa that talks about the ripple effect that one person can have on thousands of lives - simply by having the courage to make waves.  

International human rights activist, founder, best-selling author and survivor of sex slavery, Somaly Mam, as well as fellow survivor Sina Vann will join CEO of PROJECT FUTURES Clare Pearson and Co-Founder of Free To Shine, Nicky Mih to discuss some of the uncomfortable truths affecting millions of women and girls around the world. 

According to research released in 2017 by Alliance 8.7, 99% of victims of sexual exploitation are women, an issue that is rife in countries like Cambodia where the lives of women and girls are undervalued or not valued at all.

Travelling from Cambodia to Australia, both Somaly and Sina have a powerful story to share that will engage both new and existing audiences to become powerful advocates for change.

The event will centre around the movement that Somaly Mam has created by turning her trauma into triumph by founding an organisation that supports other victims; changing the lives of over 7000 women and girls in Cambodia and inspiring the creation of two not for profits in Australia.  

EVENT DETAILS

Date:            Saturday 3 March 2018

Time:            630pm - 9pm

Location:     South Pacific Resort, 179 Weyba Road, Noosa

Cost:            Earlybird rate of $40 (valid until 18 Feb) / $50 per person

(includes glass of champagne on arrival)


MEET OUR SPEAKERS

  Clare Pearson  is the CEO at PROJECT FUTURES, a charity based in Sydney and working to transform the lives of those falling victim to sex trafficking and slavery in Australia and Cambodia.  Clare is a qualified psychologist, specialising in child and adolescent welfare, and passionate about working in community based projects aimed at making a difference in the lives of women and children.  Following her training, Clare worked in positions of senior leadership in both Australia and the United Kingdom, establishing new projects of purpose and developing, leading and inspiring teams in executing innovative programs in the areas of child protection, early intervention, disability and education - a passion that led her to PROJECT FUTURES.

Clare Pearson is the CEO at PROJECT FUTURES, a charity based in Sydney and working to transform the lives of those falling victim to sex trafficking and slavery in Australia and Cambodia.

Clare is a qualified psychologist, specialising in child and adolescent welfare, and passionate about working in community based projects aimed at making a difference in the lives of women and children.

Following her training, Clare worked in positions of senior leadership in both Australia and the United Kingdom, establishing new projects of purpose and developing, leading and inspiring teams in executing innovative programs in the areas of child protection, early intervention, disability and education - a passion that led her to PROJECT FUTURES.

  Nicky Mih  is a woman on a mission to end sex slavery in South East Asia after spending time with Cambodian survivors eight years ago who helped her identify a gap in the market to prevent the trafficking of young girls in rural communities.  As the co-founder and Managing Director of Free To Shine, Nicky leads a team of social workers and education officers who work with girls to secure their safety; gain access to education, safe drinking water, food and adequate shelter, while also advocating for their right to be free from slavery.  Nicky and her team work closely with police, community leaders, councils and schools and have kept more than 700 girls across 49 rural villages safe, while also maintaining a strong family-based care model.

Nicky Mih is a woman on a mission to end sex slavery in South East Asia after spending time with Cambodian survivors eight years ago who helped her identify a gap in the market to prevent the trafficking of young girls in rural communities.

As the co-founder and Managing Director of Free To Shine, Nicky leads a team of social workers and education officers who work with girls to secure their safety; gain access to education, safe drinking water, food and adequate shelter, while also advocating for their right to be free from slavery.

Nicky and her team work closely with police, community leaders, councils and schools and have kept more than 700 girls across 49 rural villages safe, while also maintaining a strong family-based care model.

 Born into a tribal minority family and sold by her uncle at age 12,  Somaly Mam  is both a survivor of sexual slavery and strong human rights activist.  Forced to work in a brothel along with other children for nearly a decade, she was brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis.  After escaping the industry with the help of a foreigner, she went on to establish a  AFESIP Cambodia  to rehabilitate and reintegrate children and young girls who have been rescued from the sex trade and sexual violence.  She has dedicated her life’s work to supporting victims by providing a safe space to start the healing process and empowering survivors to become agents of change.  Since 1997, Somaly has touched and supported the lives of over 7,000 victims, survivors and those at-risk of slavery and exploitation.

Born into a tribal minority family and sold by her uncle at age 12, Somaly Mam is both a survivor of sexual slavery and strong human rights activist.

Forced to work in a brothel along with other children for nearly a decade, she was brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis.

After escaping the industry with the help of a foreigner, she went on to establish a AFESIP Cambodia to rehabilitate and reintegrate children and young girls who have been rescued from the sex trade and sexual violence.

She has dedicated her life’s work to supporting victims by providing a safe space to start the healing process and empowering survivors to become agents of change.

Since 1997, Somaly has touched and supported the lives of over 7,000 victims, survivors and those at-risk of slavery and exploitation.

 Born in Vietnam,  Sina Vann  was abducted from school and sold to a brothel in Cambodia where she was forced to service up to 20 or 30 clients a day for many years and at great personal sacrifice.  When eventually the brothel was raided by police, she spoke no english or khmer and was unable to return home. She was referred to local service, AFESIP Cambodia, where the first connection was made with Somaly Mam and her team to help her to rebuild her life.  She showed a natural affinity for leadership, despite the trauma endured and became a support for other girls at the centre to overcome their fears too.  Within 12 months, she began training as a social outreach worker and has been employed by AFESIP since 1998.  She now leads the social outreach program.

Born in Vietnam, Sina Vann was abducted from school and sold to a brothel in Cambodia where she was forced to service up to 20 or 30 clients a day for many years and at great personal sacrifice.

When eventually the brothel was raided by police, she spoke no english or khmer and was unable to return home. She was referred to local service, AFESIP Cambodia, where the first connection was made with Somaly Mam and her team to help her to rebuild her life.

She showed a natural affinity for leadership, despite the trauma endured and became a support for other girls at the centre to overcome their fears too.

Within 12 months, she began training as a social outreach worker and has been employed by AFESIP since 1998.

She now leads the social outreach program.


WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

This event is a collaboration between PROJECT FUTURES and Free To Shine. Profits will be split evenly between the two services in support of victims of sex trafficking and those at risk of sex trafficking and exploitation.

  PROJECT FUTURES  is an Australian-based charity helping to transform the lives of women and children affected by sex trafficking, slavery and exploitation in Australia and Cambodia.  Since 2009, this has included  AFESIP Cambodia ; an organisation based on the vision and life’s work of Cambodian survivor and activist, Somaly Mam.  AFESIP seeks to care for and secure the rights of women and girls who have been victims or at-risk of human trafficking and sexual slavery by providing safe and secure housing, confidential psychological support, routine and emergency medical treatments, as well as professional legal assistance and opportunities for education and training.

PROJECT FUTURES is an Australian-based charity helping to transform the lives of women and children affected by sex trafficking, slavery and exploitation in Australia and Cambodia.

Since 2009, this has included AFESIP Cambodia; an organisation based on the vision and life’s work of Cambodian survivor and activist, Somaly Mam.

AFESIP seeks to care for and secure the rights of women and girls who have been victims or at-risk of human trafficking and sexual slavery by providing safe and secure housing, confidential psychological support, routine and emergency medical treatments, as well as professional legal assistance and opportunities for education and training.

  Free To Shine  are an independently-funded, nonprofit organisation founded in Australia, working to prevent sex trafficking in South East Asia.   Their work is child protection-focused, human rights-based, and designed to strengthen families & keep children in education.  They works with local authorities and communities in Cambodia to reach the most at-risk rural girls, reducing their vulnerability to trafficking by improving their access to education & providing them with social work support.

Free To Shine are an independently-funded, nonprofit organisation founded in Australia, working to prevent sex trafficking in South East Asia. 

Their work is child protection-focused, human rights-based, and designed to strengthen families & keep children in education.

They works with local authorities and communities in Cambodia to reach the most at-risk rural girls, reducing their vulnerability to trafficking by improving their access to education & providing them with social work support.