Governments play a critical role in developing and implementing the laws, policies, and programs that are needed to prevent and respond to modern slavery. They are the key duty-bearers in protecting and upholding the rights of those who reside within their borders.
All governments made a commitment in 2015 to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. In line with Target 8.7, governments agreed to:
Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.
However, our assessments of government responses have found that governments are making incredibly slow progress towards the achievement of SDG 8.7 by 2030. At the current rate of progress, the eradication of modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking will be impossible.
Walk Free engages directly with governments around the world to raise awareness of the issue and to advocate for legislative and policy change. Through our assessment of government responses, we highlight gaps in policy responses and encourage governments to take stronger action.
We also advocate for the strengthening of legislative frameworks, including the development of Modern Slavery Acts. Central to all our work is the role of survivors – we actively partner with survivor organisations to provide meaningful avenues for survivors to input into our work.