SoS - Sound of Silence : "Sodireitos"
Interview with Marcel Hazeu .
Today, SoS brings its recorder in the deep and woolly silence of the Amazon forest. A few hundred yards away from Belem, Sodireitos - an organization founded in 2006 - defends and protects human rights, especially sexual rights.
Sodireitos claims that preventing and protecting women and men from sexual abuses is not enough: sexuality is first and foremost a positive right. Every single human being, regardless of social background, gender, age or sexual orientation, should be able to express its freedom, identity, pleasure and dignity through its sexuality.
Sodireitos has been concerned with the distress of women who were forcefully deprived from their sexual right. Since 2008, the non-governmental organization helps Brazilian women who have been trafficked and sexually exploited in Suriname, Brazil, French Guyana and Portugal.
Marcel Hazeu, social researcher for Sodireitos was interviewed by UN.GIFT. In this interview he explains the origins and purposes of this organization. If you prick your ears up, you might be able to hear the Amazon river finding his sneaky way into the thick forest …
Mr. Hazeu, could you please come back on the foundation of Sodireitos, why and how did you start working on Human trafficking?
Human trafficking is a crime embedded in a vicious cycle, when the victims come back to their home country, or their villages aren't they more susceptible to fall again in the hands of another trafficker?
Sodireitos received a fund under the Small Grant Facility programme of UN.GIFT. How will these funds be employed to achieve your goals?
On the field, Sodireitos is working, among others, with UNODC and ILO, can you explain why it seems so important for an NGO to work in collaboration with different International Organizations?