SI Northern England Projects
Seven Soroptimists Clubs, made up of women from the North East, have hosted a king size GIFT Box in Central Library, Newcastle NE18 AX. This mammoth piece of street art makes the point that being trafficked is not a gift at all. People can be fooled into thinking that they are getting the present of a great new life only to find that they have been tricked into a much worse situation. This is how modern slavery comes about. Traffickers are here in our city on our streets now.
The GIFT Box tells the whole horrifying story of trafficking and modern slavery.
Present at the launch: Vera Baird, QC Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Kieran Archer, North Tyneside Young Mayor, North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Councillor Norma Redfearn, and Councillor Alison Waggott-Fairley. Christine Lowthian, President SI Newcastle upon Tyne welcomed visitors from across the North East; Durham, Darlington, South Shields, Sunderland, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, Tynedale, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne as well as Cumbria. There were representatives from Business and Professional Women, Townswomen’s Guilds, National Council of Women, Police, and Bishop of Newcastle’s office. Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Councillor Norma Redfearn said. “I’m delighted to be able to support this fantastic initiative and all the selfless people working on the project. The GIFT Box is a unique and interesting way to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking.