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Our CAUSE it’s JANUARY or Cause of the Month is
THE WALK FREE FOUNDATION
“A WORLD FREE OF SLAVERY”
An estimated 35.8 million men, women and children around the world are today trapped in modern slavery, 23% more than previously estimated, whether through human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, or commercial sexual exploitation. According to the 2014 Global Slavery Index (GSI). The Walk Free™ Foundation’s mission is to end modern slavery in our generation by mobilizing a global activist movement, generating the highest quality research, enlisting business and working with government to drive change in those countries and industries bearing the greatest responsibility for slavery today.
WHAT IS MODERN SLAVERY? Imagine being forced to work without pay, unable to walk away, subject to constant threats and violence. This is the daily reality for millions in modern slavery. Modern slavery takes many forms, and is known by many names. Today’s slaves are trapped in fishing fleets and sweatshops, mines and brothels, and in the fields and plantations of countries across the world. It can be called human trafficking, forced labor, slavery, or it can refer to the slavery-like practices that include debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, and the sale or exploitation of children.
No matter what it is called, victims of modern slavery have their freedom denied, and are used, controlled, and exploited by another person for commercial or personal gain. Slavery causes terrible suffering to its victims, but it is more than just an individual crime. It is also a cancer that eats away at the wider health of our economies and societies. Ending slavery not only extinguishes an injustice, but also enables people to freely contribute to their community, creating greater prosperity.
Committed to the dignity and freedom that is the birthright of all humankind, Catholic, Anglican, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Orthodox leaders have signed a Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery on World Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
Video: Declaration to #EndSlavery
The Walk Free Foundation works with four main pillars: the Walk Free movement, the Global Slavery Index, the Global Fund, and the Business Engagement.
- The Walk Free Movement. The path to ending modern slavery involves building broad public support for legislative, corporate and social policy change and enforcement. Walk Free is a Global Activist Movement of 8,324,849 people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world's greatest evils: modern slavery. By gathering a global membership, using social networks and new technologies, and organizing campaigns and communities online and on the ground, we can make the fight against slavery a real priority across the world.
- The Annual Global Slavery Index estimates the number of people in modern slavery in 167 countries. It is a tool for citizens, non government organizations, businesses and public officials to understand the size of the problem, existing responses and contributing factors, so they can build sound policies that will end modern slavery.
- Business Engagement: Modern slavery will not be eradicated until business leaders ensure their supply chains are slave-free. Walk Free Foundation is working with the world’s business leaders to help them understand how they can play a role in ending modern slavery.
- The Global Fund to End Slavery: aims to scale proven anti‑slavery interventions in high prevalence slavery countries. It will be a multi-stakeholder organization that will bring together all the actors critical to solving the problem, including governments, the private sector, civil society and survivors of modern slavery. In 2013, Walk Free Foundation along with partners Humanity United and the Legatum Foundation announced the creation of The Freedom Fund, a new philanthropic initiative designed to bring much-needed financial resources and strategic focus to the fight against modern slavery. With an expert team and global perspective, the Freedom Fund aims to raise $100 million for smart anti-slavery investments in the countries and sectors where it is most needed.
Slavery has no place in the modern world. Together, we can build a world without it. A world where it is unthinkable to be treated like someone else’s property. A world where those who steal other people’s freedoms are brought to justice. A world where everyone can walk free. Support The Freedom Fund HERE.
Video: Together, let's build a world free of slavery
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