International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2, reminds us that people should never be considered ‘property’ again.
The 2021 theme for this Day of remembering abolition is:
“It’s absolutely unacceptable, cruel and illegal that 70 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 30 years after the Convention on the rights of the Child, that nearly 300million children work. This must change and it must change now”
Fernando Morales de la Cruz
- An estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage.
- There are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.
- 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children.
- Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million people in forced labour imposed by state authorities.
- Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labour. Accounting for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry. And 58% in other sectors.
Why does it still exist?
Racism and prejudice are historical and current drivers of slavery. But, there is no single driver factor which determines a person’s likelihood to enslave others. Or the vulnerability of individuals to being enslaved. Being poor and impoverished or a migrant fleeing war zones, droughts or tyrants are also common vulnerabilities.
Here is how we can help Abolish Modern Slavery:
1. Making a small change, in how we shop, where we invest our money, and what businesses we support can make a huge difference.
2. Be informed. Read, learn, talk to family and friends about these statistics and where slavery is hidden.
3. Find out how slaves you have working for you and work to reduce that. You can do that here.
4. Listen to this podcast: The Dirty Business of Modern Slavery
5. Do a short e-course on Modern Slavery. Do that here.
6. Get your workplace thinking about the risk of slavery in their supply chains. Read more here.
7. Simply sharing these articles during 16 Days of Freedom will raise awareness. And awareness helps create change.
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