How can you tackle something that pervades the supply chains of our governments, businesses and daily products?
Tackling modern slavery* is no meager feat but this is the challenge that faces governments and businesses worldwide. The inaugural Bali Process Government and Business Forum (Perth Forum) is an ambitious opportunity for public-private collaboration to do just that.
Do you support modern slavery? This is not a difficult question, one which most companies and individuals would answer with a resounding no. It is far more difficult to deny that modern slavery is happening all over the world. Almost 46 million people around the world are living in some form of modern slavery.
Walk Free Foundation founder, Mr Andrew Forrest AO, today welcomed the announcement by the Australian Government to introduce an historic Modern Slavery Act for Australia.
Mr Forrest said enacting this legislation would be a game-changer in the fight to end modern slavery, both here and overseas.
“This is a tremendous decision and will be a major blow against slavery in the Asian region,” he said. “The Australian Government is to be congratulated for its leadership in introducing this measure. There is bi-partisan support for the legislation, so the Government can move quickly to have it passed.”
I first started working in the anti- slavery space on a counter trafficking programme in Timor-Leste. We were implementing a programme that looked very similar to counter trafficking programming around the world , which included providing technical advice to the government to develop counter trafficking legislation and a national action plan, support to NGOs to improve delivery of services, and training for police to better investigate crimes. One of my roles was tracking our impact, and while we were successful in achieving all our outputs, the answer to the question of whether we had reduced trafficking remained somewhat elusive.
Almost 46 million people are enslaved around the world today. But we’re in the middle of history’s fourth great antislavery movement. We have a global commitment to ending slavery by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, and a deep commitment from the UK government, in the new Modern Slavery Act.
Working on the Walk Free Foundation’s government response database is a fascinating, thought-provoking, and troubling experience. As a researcher going from knowing relatively little about the global situation of modern day slavery to spending several months conducting detailed research into the topic, I was exposed to just how extensive this global problem is, and how useful the work conducted by the Walk Free Foundation is in combating modern slavery.
Last week, we had the pleasure of having Professor Daniel Pauly of the University of British Columbia, one of the world-leading marine biology experts, present to Walkfree Foundation as part of a visit to the University of Western Australia where an Indian Ocean node of his Sea Around Us project is being established.
Walk Free Foundation founder, Andrew Forrest AO, today welcomed the commitment of the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten and the Australian Labor Party to support Modern Slavery Legislation for Australia.
Modern slavery remains a pressing human rights issue, with the latest Global Slavery Index (2016) estimating that 45.8 million people are currently enslaved globally. India alone accounts for over 18 million affected individuals, in industries ranging from domestic work and construction to agriculture and quarrying. Efforts to eradicate this pervasive human rights violation have ramped up in the last couple of decades, but the widespread nature of modern slavery means that our understanding of its practice continues to evolve. New methods for tackling slavery in certain industries are essential to free these enslaved people and build resilience in vulnerable populations.
Supply chains that compete solely on price with little opportunity to differentiate from the competition or to compete on value-added propositions, are almost naturally drawn towards modern slavery and other unethical labour practices. This is particularly the case for industries where low skill labour is a key resource and in places where automation cannot economically compete with the abundant supply of such labour resources.
Alongside our work on the joint estimate to end modern slavery, the Walk Free Foundation research team are busy collecting data for the 2018 Global Slavery Index. More specifically, we are updating our assessment of government responses.
The Intercollegiate Coalition Against Modern Slavery (ICAMS) convened a powerful event at Harvard Kennedy School that brought together leaders in the anti-slavery field and engaged student leaders committing to working on this issue, including survivors, students, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds.
We all want to end slavery, but how? We all want to support freed slaves, but how?
Sooner or later everyone in the world of human rights, anti-trafficking, and anti-slavery asks these questions. These questions spring up whenever we wrestle with the tough challenges of liberation and reintegration. Around the world people and professionals can be baffled trying to understand the nuances of the ever-changing yet ever-constant ugly facts of slavery. Definitions vary, laws vary, the many types of enslavement vary, even anti-slavery strategies and goals vary – how can we make sense of them all? This confusion, this hunger for understanding, is not surprising given that there has been no organized, in-depth, professional training and education program available to anti-slavery and anti-trafficking activists and workers… until now.
The filing deadline for the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry on Modern Slavery is less than 3 weeks away with submissions to be filed by 28 April (international organisations have until 19 May). With Easter around the corner, there is not much time left.
In July 2016, UK Prime Minister Theresa May promised to ‘flex the muscle of all parts of the UK Government’ in eradicating modern slavery. Yet whilst her government seeks to ‘get a real grip’ on policy at a national level, there has been minimal focus in the UK on the potential contribution of local public services, places and communities.
In 2017 the Australian Government will be considering whether we need to introduce a “Modern Slavery Act”. The recently announced Federal Inquiry provides an invaluable opportunity for consultation between the Government, businesses and civil society to determine what reform is needed here in Australia.
Joint research by the International Labour Organization and the Walk Free Foundation will provide critical data for measuring progress on achieving Target 8.7 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
CNN – Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla turut hadir dalam acara penandatanganan deklarasi memberantas perbudakan modern yang digagas oleh Global Freedom Network dan Universitas Paramadina. Dalam acara tersebut JK membeberkan bentuk-bentuk perbudakan modern di zaman sekarang.
Antaranews – Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla has lauded and expressed support to the measures adopted by religious leaders who are committed to eradicating modern-day slavery by signing an agreement at the Vice Presidential offices in Jakarta, Tuesday.
JAKARTA GLOBE – Indonesian religious leaders call for an end to slavery in a declaration signed in Jakarta on Tuesday. The gesture is part of a global movement against the human trafficking and forced labor.
This morning, seven religious leaders who represent all religions constitutionally admitted in Indonesia; Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism gathered and expressed their commitment to stand united against modern slavery in an event hosted by the Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, at the Vice Presidential Palace, Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta.
Every great change begins with an idea and a start-up, whether it is the transformation of the world through computer technology, or the beginning of the end of slavery. All start-ups evolve in a challenging environment, and in time those that survive and prosper tend to join together – maximising skills, human and financial resources, and reach. Today, 25 years into the fourth great anti-slavery movement in human history, consolidation and partnership is the theme of the hour.
WalkFree.org was launched in 2012 as a global community with a shared vision of a world free from modern slavery. Andrew and Nicola Forrest founded WalkFree.org with their daughter Grace, after her volunteer work exposed them to the reality of modern slavery. The Movement as it is fondly known to us, was the first initiative to be launched under the Minderoo-backed Walk Free Foundation.
Migration was a key political challenge for Europe in 2016, and has risen to become the current issue on the global agenda, following President Trump’s Executive Order, banning entry to the US for nationals of 7 countries, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
HIS Order of Australia citation recognises his “distinguished service to the mining sector, to the development of employment and business opportunities, as a supporter of sustainable foreign investment, and to philanthropy”.
Mining billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest says every Australian can help stop insidious global slavery by doing something as simple as stopping to ask the check out operator about your produce before you buy it.
On this Australia Day, anti-slavery campaigner Andrew Forrest is one of seven incredible candidates for the prestigious honour of Australian of the Year. While Mr. Forrest’s personal efforts to root out slavery in his own company’s supply chains have drawn much needed attention to the issue, the perception of most Australians remains that slavery is either a relic of the past or someone else’s problem.
This article originally appeared on Huffington Post. By Fiona David and Dr Eleanor Tighe
The failures of the UN Security Council remain a very real challenge for us today. In a world gone mad – children buried under rubble in Aleppo, war crimes being undertaken on all sides in the battle for Mosul – it is easy to lose hope, and particularly to lose faith in the key institution that was intended to ensure peace to the world, the UN Security Council. Is it any surprise that in Europe, one philanthropist has offered a $5 million prize to anyone who can come up with a new improved, system of global governance – a redesigned “UN 2.0”?
In recent news, the Qatari government has made the announcement that it has abolished Kafala, the exploitative labour system used throughout the Middle East. It effectively ties employees to their employers without the opportunity to change jobs or leave the country without their employer’s permission. Those who do not seek permission can face deportation or arrest. Reports suggest that construction workers have died because of appalling working conditions in the construction of the World Cup stadiums, while domestic workers working in private homes are particularly vulnerable to horrendous physical, psychological and sexual abuse.
This is the challenge of fighting modern slavery in Australia, where it is not common, and where our daily lives don’t intersect with the horrors that fellow human beings are experiencing in other countries.
In January 2015, the Chairman of the Walk Free Foundation, Andrew Forrest and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, William Lacy Swing, signed an Memorandum of Understanding committing the two organisations to working together against modern slavery.
As today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, it is timely that UNODC and Walk Free Foundation announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable the organizations to work together to estimate the number of victims of human trafficking in an initial four countries.
India has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of people in the world trapped in modern slavery with 18.35 million victims of forced labour, ranging from prostitution and begging, according to a new report, which estimated that nearly 46 million people are enslaved globally.
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Almost 46 million people are living as slaves globally with the greatest number in India but the highest prevalence in North Korea, according to the third Global Slavery Index launched on Tuesday with Australian actor Russell Crowe.
Der “Global Slavery Index 2016” berichtet über moderne Formen der Sklaverei. Finanziert wird er vom australischen Milliardär Andrew Forrest, der einen Großteil seines Vermögens mit Bergbauunternehmen verdient hat. Ein Gespräch.
Across the globe an estimated 45.8 million people are trapped in modern slavery. Nearly 46 million men, women and children across 167 countries are subject to some form of modern-day slavery, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index (GSI).
An estimated 45.8 million men, women and children around the world are today trapped in modern slavery – 28% more than previously estimated. They are enslaved through human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation. This is revealed in the 2016 Global Slavery Index, the flagship research report published today by the Walk Free Foundation.
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