Over 40 million people around the world are trapped in modern slavery, more than at any time in our history and in spite of the fact that slavery is illegal in almost every country. Those enslaved have had their rights and freedom stolen from them in horrendous circumstances. They are often subjected to abuse, both physical and mental, and are treated as commodities to be bought, sold and traded. The powerful testimonials and actions of faith leaders play a critical role in inspiring their communities to unite together against modern slavery.
The Global Freedom Network is an initiative to engage and unite faith leaders around the globe to put an end to modern slavery through spiritual and practical action, and collaboration with the private, public and civil sectors. The Global Freedom Network is an initiative to engage and unite faith leaders around the globe to put an end to modern slavery.
By empowering faith leaders across the world, they are able to take spiritual and practical actions to end the blight of slavery through collaboration with the private, public and civil sectors. Through the powerful testimonies of faith leaders across the world, this will inspire communities and governments to unite together for this cause.
On 2 December 2014, faith leaders from across the world met in Vatican City to sign the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery. Overcoming cultural, religious and political differences, faith leaders pledged to end modern slavery and human trafficking in their communities. This marked a watershed event when faith leaders came together for a common cause to sign their names to the same document.
Following on from the success in Vatican City, a second signing occurred on 2 December 2015 at Parliament House, Canberra where Australian faith leaders also resolved to do all they could to end the horrendous impact of modern slavery. This initiative was led by the Salvation Army with the support of the Global Freedom Network. The following day, 3 December 2015, a third signing took place in New Delhi, India. Faith leaders again made the pledge to unite against modern slavery and a roundtable discussion followed on the eradication of bonded and forced labour in India.
Worrying doesn’t make any difference, but working does and spirituality gives one the strength to workSri Sri Ravi Shankar
Finally, on 14 March 2017, seven religious leaders met in Jakarta, Indonesia to express their commitments to ending modern slavery. To formalise this resolve, all leaders participated in the signing of the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery. The Global Freedom Network continues to build momentum and unite faith leaders in the common cause to end modern slavery