Anti-slavery day, October 18th, 2019
Why do we need a special day about slavery when it was abolished nearly 200 years ago in this country, and is against the law of almost every country in the world today?
With estimates of 40 million people in conditions of slavery across the world and of 136,000 in the UK (Global Slavery Index 2018), slavery is far from eliminated, and Anti-slavery day is a focus for awareness raising about the extent and types of slavery and what we can do about it.
This year, the Modern Slavery Partnership in Hampshire, a partnership of statutory and voluntary organisations, organised a public event in Portsmouth Guildhall square. Over 500 people had a conversation about slavery today with one of the Partnership members, and a street drama presented four illustrative case studies about slavery in the UK.
There were at least two Mothers’ Union members there, the President of Portsmouth diocese and one as a member of Stop the Traffik, a partner in the Modern Slavery Partnership. Mothers’ Union has joined with the Clewer Initiative https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/resources/ to produce a foldable info card to raise awareness of modern slavery, and this collaboration aims to raise awareness amongst church congregations and Mothers’ Union members, asking them to be alert to signs of slavery, to write to firms about their Transparency in Supply Chains reports, and to pray.
Above all, pray for an end to this devastating crime.
See also the 16 days’ campaign to end gender-based violence https://www.mothersunion.org/resources
From: Winchester Diocese MU