iFIGHT is a youth movement to knock out human trafficking and modern slavery in this generation.
We do this by raising massive awareness among the youth in different schools and universities around the country.
We build the capacities of the youth in order to be iFIGHTers – an empowered youth as change agents in reducing their vulnerabilities to trafficking and slavery.
- We believe that young people have the unmatched idealism in innovating solutions and programs in protecting themselves and others.
- We believe that young people have the unlimited potential in being proactive and vigilant in implementing activities that will revent further abuse and exploitation.
- We believe that young people have the unrelenting character of courageous fighters that will bring hope to those still trapped in slavery today.
We do not do this alone. The movement relies heavily on much support and partnership from various stakeholders; such as communities, churches, private and corporate sectors, and local governments…
We know that if we all work together, we build a network of trust in protecting this generation.
We know that if we all work together, we can prevent further trafficking from happening at the onset.
We know that if we all work together, we can raise a generation of iFIGHTers that can end human trafficking and modern slavery.
You may ask, why the youth?
We cater to the youth because the youth are the most vulnerable to trafficking. BUT we believe that through empowering the vulnerable, they become invulnerable; ashamed to confident, fearful to fearless. It is through empowering the youth that the prey becomes the preda
tor – the first major step to ending trafficking and slavery.
So why is it called iFIGHT?
The “I” represents the individual – awareness of self, choice, actions, and power. While the “FIGHT” is what we do – we are a movement of fighters, of iFIGHTers!
iFIGHT was inspired by the CNN Freedom Project documentary entitled “The Fighters.” Shown internationally May of 2013, the documentary featured the journey of human rights activist Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda of Visayan Forum and world renowned boxer Manny Pacquiao in their fight against human trafficking in the Philippines. Together, they were able to pass an expanded version of the anti-trafficking law that included provisions that would further protect Filipinos. This served as a significant victory in the country. Although, for the message of anti-trafficking to be sustained; we must continue to fight! So we started the iFIGHT movement.
iFIGHT is one of Visayan Forum’s pillars, an organisation that has been fighting human trafficking and modern slavery since 1991. For more information about Visayan Forum and our founder Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda visit www.visayanforum.org.
You may also watch the fighters in full by clicking here.