The Lab, organized by the Global Leadership Academy (GLAC) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, is designed to create a global network to increase awareness of and publicity on trafficking, particularly of women and children, foster exchange and dialogue among the various stakeholders and develop innovative strategies and projects in the stakeholders’ institutions or countries that can bring about positive transformation in their home context and on the global level.
For the first part of the Lab, experts on the issue gathered in Nairobi, Kenya from 25 to 28 June 2018. GDL member Eirliani Abdul Rahman, who attended the event, shared her experiences in a blog worth reading.
The second part of the Lab will take place in London, the United Kingdom from 10 to 13 November 2018.
Eirliani Abdul Rahman is co-founder of YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin In Need), an NGO working on child rights and child protection issues, and a member of Twitter’s Safety & Trust Council. She is also Director at the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.
In 2015, she led a successful campaign of the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan entitled #FullStop to #childsexualabuse in India. Eirliani served in the Singapore Foreign Service and was posted to Delhi as Political Counsellor. Prior to that, she was in Berlin as First Secretary (Political). Before becoming a diplomat, she was a development consultant in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she worked with Harvard Business School’s Prof Michael Potter on the Kazakhstan Competitiveness Programme.
Eirliani won the 2015 BMW Foundation Responsible Young Leaders Award and is an Asian Forum on Global Governance Fellow. She writes for the Huffington Post and the India Today Group’s “DailyO” on issues concerning child online safety and child sexual abuse. She was featured in the book Majulah! 50 Years of the Malay/Muslim Community in Singapore. Eirliani edited Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s book Will for Children, a collection of essays on child labour.
An avid rock climber, Eirliani trains in Colorado and Singapore. She speaks English, German, Malay and Russian.