Due to the prolonged conflict between the government and insurgents and to the longstanding battle with narcotraffickers, Colombia has the second largest population of internally displaced people in the world, second only to Sudan.

This turmoil creates the perfect environment for traffickers: people are removed from the support of their community, their economic opportunities are limited and law enforcement and military organizations are challenged by the multiplicity of problems in the region. This leaves women and girls vulnerable.

Currently, Ninlil Project is partnering with Corporación Espacios de Mujer (Women’s Spaces Corporation), a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Medellin, to produce a series of short public awareness videos to be broadcast in Colombia. These presentations aim to educate school-age girls about the existence and risks of trafficking and to teach them the specific actions they can take if they are approached. Frequently, girls or young women are approached with job offers as nannies, waitresses, housekeepers, etc. and simply being aware that these offers may be bogus is enough to set off a warning light in a girl’s mind. It is hoped that these videos will also stimulate conversation between parents and children and also between girls and their friends.

In order to determine if the presentation has been effective, a survey will be administered a month prior to the broadcast and then will be re-administered after the broadcast. The results will be analyzed to determine if there has been a statistically significant improvement in awareness.

Currently, the scripts are in development. After they are completed, they will be reviewed by Corporación Espacios de Mujer personnel and revised as necessary. Concurrently, the pre-broadcast survey will be administered. Then, shooting will take place and broadcast will follow. Finally, the post-broadcast survey will be administered and analyzed.

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