“You can become someone if you put your mind to it. We all got the message.” The program is offered every summer by Imperial and Her Equality, Rights and Autonomy (HERA), an London-based organization that encourages entrepreneurship among women like Jane as a way to fight trafficking. HERA and Imperial recently committed to continue their partnership for the next five years.
About 25 women per year—a total of about 130 so far—have participated in the program since its inception in 2008. Some have gone on to build small businesses, among them a hair salon, a home-cleaning business, and a bakery..
"Her Equality, Rights and Autonomy"
Our Vision: Women entrepreneurs can prevent trafficking and fostering entrepreneurship builds on the resilience and determination of survivors.
Our Dream: Create a world where “Her Equality, Rights and Autonomy” become the reality.
Our Challenge: Welcome all formerly-trafficked women, aspiring women entrepreneurs, and/or women vulnerable to trafficking who will benefit from our programmes, whilst becoming more sustainable and efficient each year.