Embrace Dignity acts as a catalyst for change by promoting social dialogue and networking in civil society and across all levels of government and state institutions. We do this together with survivors of the system of prostitution, who directly engage with women and young people at risk to make them aware of the dangers of human trafficking and prostitution; through workshops on and public events about trafficking; and by working, with the assistance of survivors of the system of prostitution, to better understand the various social conditions and challenges in each community that lead people to become trafficked and prostituted.
is to build consensus and increase social mobilisation by deepening public awareness of the links between poverty, exploitation and human rights through our information and education campaigns in the media and in civil society.
While we focus on shifting public perception of prostituted people through our Public Education Programme, we can also educate the public about the realities of prostitution, thereby building support in civil society with a view to developing a broad coalition that will support us in promoting the passing of the Abolitionist Equality Law. At the same time, we can draw on the lived experiences of the survivors of prostitution as well as their training in advocacy and leadership to help educate young, unemployed people to prevent them from becoming entrapped in the system of prostitution themselves.
Our Public Education Programme focuses on the following areas:
- Communities: We conduct workshops to educate people in various communities about prostitution, as well as other life skills or resources to prevent prostitution. The survivors of the system of prostitution also go into communities, thereby educating and providing support to fellow survivors and community members.
- Academic Institutions: Survivors of the system of prostitution also go into public institutions, i.e. universities and high schools, to educate the youth on the realities of prostitution.
- Government and Public Events: Survivors of the system of prostitution attend government and public events to educate people about prostitution, the Abolitionist Equality Law, etc.
Did you know
Grizelda’s Grootboom’s book EXIT!, which depicts her ordeal as a trafficked and prostituted woman, is available at Exclusive Books, Takealot.com and Amazon.com. It is also used to educate the public about the realities of sexual exploitation.
In order to prevent entry into the system of prostitution, we act as a catalyst to change the mindset of the public about prostituted persons by promoting survivor-led social dialogues and networking with civil society, government, private and state institutions, and in this way, we educate South Africa as a whole.
We facilitate the exit process for prostituted persons by referring them to service provision organisations, institutions, and government intervention programmes so that they can access psychosocial support, leadership training opportunities, and gain skills to become employable and economically empower themselves.