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Sound Evidence to End Slavery

By Professor Todd Landman There are 40.3 million people enslaved around the world today, a shocking figure that, in recent times, has given birth to a renewed global commitment to end modern slavery. Ending slavery by 2030 is now a key Sustainable Development Goal target and slavery is a focus for the UK government. There can’t be many people …

Survivors’ Solutions: The Value of Survivors’ Voices in the Antislavery Movement

By Andrea Nicholson Slave narratives have long been a valuable tool in abolitionism; the pamphlets, papers, art, lectures and writings by abolitionists, slaves and amanuenses during the 19th century were central to galvanising the abolitionist movement and effecting change. These collections continue to inform our perspectives of slavery today, with historic narratives providing a basis …

Introducing the Rights Lab

By Zoe Trodd 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. …

Global Research for Global Problems: Government Responses

By Emily Brady 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 …

Slavery from Space

By Bethany Jackson and Dr. Jessica Wardlaw 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 …

Race, Rights and Justice: A History Month Programme for 2016-17

In 2016-2017, the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) and the Research Priority Area (RPA) in Rights and Justice joined together to curate our largest ever series of History Months. We served 850 audience members at our 14 events, with additional online audiences for our live-streams, blogs and event recordings. Our postgraduate students …

How do we build capacity in the field of antislavery?

By Professor Kevin Bales, CMG 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 …

Advancing supply chain management for the challenges of Modern Slavery

By Dr Alexander Trautrims 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 …

WHM: Bold Women Make History

By Joanna Olesków From defying convention, to overcoming national humiliation and election defeat, Natalie Bennett will always fight back. She tells Joanna Oleskow about feminism, politics and her next moves. “Because you’re a girl, you’re not allowed to have a bicycle,” that is what Natalie Bennett heard from her grandma when she was five. Whereas in …

WHM: Making Women’s History

By Hannah-Rose Murray The midway event for Women’s History Month was a fascinating talk ‘Making Women’s History: Feminist Archives and the Stories they tell’ by Dr Kate Dossett, Senior Lecturer in American History at Leeds University. She focused on the construction of feminist knowledge through Feminist Archives and Women’s Libraries, particularly focusing on the Women’s Library …