On the occasion of the 11th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, on 18 October 2017, the Department for Equal Opportunities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers organized a specific event to celebrate the day. The event, which was opened by Ms. Maria Elena Boschi, Undersecretary of State in charge of gender equality, was an opportunity to gather relevant stakeholders in a discussion on the phenomenon and to present the new awareness campaign of the Italian Government on the topic (see the attached agenda of the event).
Furthermore, the Department for Equal Opportunities, the National Hotline against human trafficking (800.290.290), and the N.A.Ve. project (Network Antitrafficking Veneto), which sees the Municipality of Venice as leading proponent, also organized another simple and symbolic event for that day.
In many Italian cities and in some symbolic places (railway stations, administrative avenues, squares, schools) short meetings on the topic were organised. They ended with the launch of colourful balloons with the hashtag/slogan “#liberailtuosogno” – (#freeyoudream).
Information material on trafficking in human beings was distributed.
Besides the slogan “#liberailtuosogno”, the name of the cities where the event was organized was followed by the hashtag “#nontratta” (in Italian, “tratta” means both human trafficking and to debate, to negotiate. So the double meaning is, for example, Venezia does not negotiate about trafficking in human beings). It was finally asked to send/share photos and videos about the launch in order to collect them all in a single container, hoping that the little balloon becomes as viral as possible.