A Media Round table event was organized on 9-December-2016 at UP Press Club, Lucknow, by UP CSO Forum, IJM, JVI and PVCHR. The objectives of the program were to sensitize the media and journalists on Human Trafficking and Bonded Labour, and advocate for more coverage and thus initiate a mass awareness on the issues.
A total of 50 participants attended the event, including 44 people form media houses, UP CSO Forum and some CSOs from Lucknow. The discussion at the event included status of Bonded Labour in UP and efforts of the Government and CSOs on the issues. CSOs shared the problems faced by them while conducting interventions for bonded labour and human trafficking. The media houses present have assured an increase coverage, and have requested for stories from CSOs.
The formation of UP CSO forum on Bonded Labour and Human Trafficking, and finalization of Media Event are outcomes of a CSO consultation held at Varanasi on 16-Sep-2016.