Somaly Mam to Speak at Womenetics' Global Women's Initiative: The Ripple Effect

Human Trafficking Activist Featured at Atlanta Event

Mar 14, 2011, 10:00 ET from Womenetics

ATLANTA, Ga., March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Womenetics today announced Somaly Mam, internationally renowned human trafficking activist and co-founder of the Somaly Mam Foundation, will be the featured human rights speaker at the 2011 Global Women's Initiative: The Ripple Effect. At this event, Womenetics will assemble leading experts on global women's issues for a symposium to explore ways to further the advancement of women and girls worldwide. From critical areas including economic empowerment, human rights and corporate social responsibility, to providing equal access to education and health, this day-long program will engage global thought leaders who will inspire, motivate and engage attendees with discussions around increasing women's impact in the world.

"Human rights play a critical role in the advancement of women," says Elisabeth Marchant, CEO of Womenetics. "Until women break free from human trafficking and sexual exploitation, they won't be able to obtain their full, fundamental rights. Through her efforts, Somaly Mam has been a key player in the worldwide anti-trafficking movement and we are honored to have the opportunity to learn more about her efforts towards the protection of women and girls and the fight against slavery."

A survivor herself, Somaly Mam works tirelessly to give a voice to victims and survivors of sexual trafficking. Her global awareness efforts have been instrumental in establishing a worldwide anti- trafficking movement that not only exposes the crime and root causes of human trafficking, but recognizes the critical need to provide survivors with comprehensive services that empower them to live successful and dignified lives.

Mam's efforts are critical to the state of Georgia. According to a study conducted by the Governor's Office for Children and Families in 2010, an estimated 405 girls a month are submitted to human trafficking in the state of Georgia. Furthermore, due to the size of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta is one of the world's leading hubs for the female sex slave trade.

The Global Women's Initiative: The Ripple Effect will take place on Friday, September 30, 2011 at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, GA. The event will consist of a keynote address and panel discussions with individuals instrumental on the international, national and local stage surrounding essential topics impacting women globally who will comment on education and literacy, health and hunger, economic empowerment and human rights.

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