Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants; a state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
For many of us, the idea of ‘being free’ might evoke thoughts of travelling around the world or dreams of gaining the ability to fly. For more than 40 million people around the world however, thoughts of freedom are concerned with their autonomy and their personhood. Did you know that there are more people in slavery today than at any other time in history? This number includes more than 25 million people trapped in forced labour and 15 million in forced marriages. If these individuals all lived together in one single city, it would be one of the biggest cities in the world.
We asked survivors at our school what freedom meant to them, below we share with you some of the responses:
Free Survivors’ Stories:
“Freedom means I can live freely…” While another said, “Freedom means I can be me.”
“Freedom means I can live freely and have friends” – Female Survivor, 32 years old.
“I think Freedom means that my life is stable” – Female survivor, 30 years old.
“It means I can be me. I can have everything in life I want” – Female survivor, 27 years old.
“Freedom is everything. It means that I have control over my life, and I am able to do all what I like” – Female survivor, 35 years old.
“Freedom means that I am free to study and work where I want. It also means that I have the comfort to do anything in life” – Female survivor, 26 years old.
“I never knew what freedom was until I joined The Freedom Hub. Before I felt like I was in a box. Now I am open. I am free to learn and speak English. I am free to learn how to use computers. Also, I am free to learn how to swim. Most importantly, I am free to meet new people and make new friends. I owe it all to The Freedom Hub. I was not able to learn and do all that before but can now do it as I’m free!” – Female Survivor, 29 years old.
Want to help Make a Difference NOW?
High Teas for Humanity – Celebrate your freedom on Human Rights Day (10th December) by coming to our High Tea or you could run your own high tea and fundraise for victims of violence in slavery in our Survivor School.
End of Year Giving – purchase from our shop and know that 100% of the profits from your purchase supports victims of violence in slavery in our survivor school.
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