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Talitha Kum - Nigeria

Nigeria Conference of Women Religious (NCWR) Awareness was created among the women religious in Nigeria on the emergence and evil of a modern day slave trade, namely Trafficking in Human Persons in the late 90s by the UISG and USMI through Sr. Eugenia Bonetti. In quick response, the Major Superiors of Nigeria Conference of Women Religious (NCWR) established the Committee for the Support of the Dignity of Women (COSUDOW) in 1999 to combat Human Trafficking. It was the first organization in Nigeria to address the issue of human trafficking in collaboration with UISG and USMI in Italy. Its mission was to rescue, shelter, restore self-dignity and rehabilitate victims deported from Europe or voluntary returnees of human trafficking. Since inception, it has saved and rehabilitated many returnees and survivors. The project is located in Benin City, Edo State of Nigeria where most of the returnees come from. The victims of human trafficking return home totally abused, dehumanized and traumatized to the extent that some of them end up with mental and debilitating illnesses. COSUDOW rescues, restores, reconciles and rehabilitates victims repatriated or voluntary returnees. It creates awareness in schools, communities, streets, etc, on the reality and ills of human trafficking to stop or prevent its further spread. It liaises and collaborates with governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to tackle the menace and refers to them as the case may be. Being the brain child of NCWR, Congregations take turns to run it. It is presently being managed by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul with Sr. Philomena Okwu DC as the present Coordinator.

VISION STATEMENT A society where young girls and women are liberated, become empowered, active, valued and protected and rise above cultural nuances that mitigate against their dignity. MISSION STATEMENT To promote the dignity of young girls and women through education on their dignity, rights, sex, family and responsibilities and advance the wellbeing of the down-trodden women exposing them to equal opportunities in the social-political sphere. Core Values: Respect, Compassion, Charity, Integrity and Trustworthiness with the mercy of God as our guiding principle Objectives: 1. To counsel and rehabilitate victims/survivals of human trafficking who have been repatriated or voluntarily returned from Europe and elsewhere involved in sex exploitation or trade. 2. To educate and enlighten the general public, families and the young people of the hazards involved in travelling out of their country of origin without legal documents and for prostitution. 3. To ensure that victims of human trafficking and their family members are securely protected after they have opted out of exploitative prostitution. 4. To guide and train victims of human trafficking and potential migrants on skill acquisition to enable them have alternative and meaningful livelihood. 5. To give consultancy advice on business plan in other to find ways of giving victims of trafficking marketable skills and help them set up ventures that will enable them have a source of livelihood. 6. To work in collaboration with Governmental and Non- Governmental agencies working to end human trafficking