During the 2017 Zonta Says NO to Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaigns, the Z and Golden Z clubs of Saint Michael’s College of Laguna, Philippines, spearheaded the relaunch of iFight, a youth movement to end human trafficking and modern slavery in this generation.
The clubs hosted a forum in which Cecille Oebanda, founding president of Visayan Forum Foundation, spoke. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1991, has rescued and helped thousands of victims and potential victims of trafficking. At the event, Oebanda discussed the facts of human trafficking, basic prevention practices and government intervention measures.
The students also led everyone in a chant, where they shouted, “We fight against human trafficking,” and they made a human formation of “iFIGHT.”
Attendees volunteered to be iFight ambassadors who will provide more information to students so they can protect themselves, their families and their peers.
Students set up an “iFight Freedom Wall,” where attendees wrote their support and thoughts about issues that continue to endanger women and girls. They also created a closed social media group to provide an online safe space for women and girls to express themselves freely.