January marks HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH. What is Human Trafficking? It is modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labour or commercial sex act. There are more than 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally; 75% are women and girls.
To increase awareness of this grave human rights violation, Global Citizen Events is proud to present the local première of The Walk, February 19-29 at Theatre Kelowna Society’s Toolbox Theatre at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.
This play, written by Catherine Cunningham-Huston, explores the haunting, sometimes agonizing, stories of trafficked girls and women as three wildly incompatible individuals–a social activist nun, a neurotic writer, and an out-of-work film director–grapple with how to stage a production about global sex-trafficking. Kim Fournier directs the cast of nine actors and a drummer. The project is a co-production that includes Theatre Kelowna Society and Fred Skeleton Theatre Company.
The Walk is a part of Global Citizen Events’ annual initiative to promote the U.N. Sustainable
Development Goals. Global leaders convened to create the 17 Goals, which incorporate 169 targets to achieve by 2030. Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, and Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions specifically mention human trafficking in hopes it would become a priority for countries and citizens around the world.
After each performance of The Walk, a local NGO will be on hand to dis- cuss its efforts to combat human trafficking.
You can learn more about the show and purchase tickets by visiting http:// trellis.org/the-walk. Single tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.
Global Citizen Events celebrates the participation of Okanagan citizens in global and local humanitarian efforts. Other upcoming events include A Taste of Home on February 1, Sustainable Development Challenge and Grand Finale on February 26, as well as the Okanagan’s first Sustainability Fair, also on February 26.
For more information on these events, visit globalcitizenevents.com
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