International Day for the Abolition of Slavery


International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

2 December


Slavery has manifested itself throughout history, as a result of discrimination against vulnerable groups in society.

Despite freedom from slavery being defined in international conventions and legal systems, an estimated 40.3 million people are still subject to slavery today, with 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage.   

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is working towards the eradication of contemporary forms of slavery such as sexual exploitation, forced marriage and the recruitment of children for use in armed conflict. In addition, whilst there is no specific monitoring UN treaty body to deal with slavery or slave-like practices, part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the eradication of modern slavery.


WHAT CAN WE DO

Conscious Consumerism
When buying anything from clothing to electronics to coffee to chocolate, we must check companies as well as their supply chains to determine the use of forced labour in the production process.

Reuse and Recycle
Consumerism drives demand. By consuming less, we decrease the demand for cheap goods, which are often made with slave labour.

Use your Voice
Call on businesses to end forced labour and slavery in their supply chains through letters and social media. Particularly in the fashion industry, by not purchasing the products of large corporations, it will send the message that there is no longer a need for ‘fast fashion’, but a desire for ethical and sustainable products.

Buy Survivor Made Goods
Empower human trafficking survivors by purchasing their goods, rather than products from the high street, as this will have a direct positive impact on their life and financial status.

We cannot do everything on this list, but we can do something, even just joining in the conversation.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and personal security. Freedom from persecution, access to education, health-care and decent living conditions are all fundamental human rights. Prime Production provides services to numerous specialised agencies who are dedicated to the rights of citizens around the world. If you have a similar message to share, contact Prime Production now for a free, non-obligatory quote.

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