This month we had the pleasure of speaking to founder, Jemina Talja, and the incredible folks at Yoga Stops Traffick - an annual campaign uniting yoga practitioners across the globe to take a stand against human trafficking. Dozens of yoga studios run donation based events and classes during the YST campaign date in March every year. The funds raised from the events go to supporting survivors of human trafficking and the Odanadi Seva Trust - a pioneering anti-trafficking organisation based in Mysore, South India (the birthplace of modern yoga in case you didn't know...).
Odanadi works for the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked women and children. For the past 25 years Odanadi has been committed to providing a safe haven for survivors of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, slavery and domestic abuse.
With the support of Yoga Stops Traffick, Odanadi Seva Trust have:
- Rescued and rehabilitated more than 12,000 women and children
- Carried out 422 brother raids
- Educated tens of thousands of children, men and women about sexual exploitation
- Returned 1380 missing children to their families
- Brought 385 traffickers to justice
2020 is Yoga Stops Traffick’s 10th anniversary year and they are hoping to see more than 120 events and donation based yoga classes take place across the globe. If your yoga studio could dedicate a donation based class for Yoga Stops Traffick in March 2020 please give them a shout at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whilst Yoga Stops Traffick is about raising funds to support survivors of trafficking and the anti-trafficking work, it’s not just about money, it’s also about showing the survivors of human trafficking solidarity by standing beside them across the globe. The survivors often face prejudice and discrimination in their communities because of their history in brothel work and the stigma attached to trafficking. (as if they don't have enough to deal with!) This is why they find global support like this especially valuable.
First of all, tell us about your background and how you got to where you are today.
What’s the biggest challenge you face working in the industry you do?
What makes you optimistic about the future of movement and wellness?
What type of movement do you practice yourself?
Who - individual or organisation - is inspiring you at the moment?
How do see Yoga Stops Traffick evolving in the future?
Lives: South England - West Sussex/Surrey border
Career: CEO of Adventure Ashram & Yoga Stops Traffick. Plus a long history of working with different charities.
Likes: Keen interest in international development. Books, live music, vegetarian/vegan cooking, sunshine & warm evenings and yoga of course!
In this interview series, we talk to the incredible individuals using movement to create positive change in their community and the world.