Global Freedom Network

Harnessing the faith community to drive impact through empathy.

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The Global Freedom Network

The Global Freedom Network aims to ensure faith communities, faith-based civil society organisations and youth have a clear understanding of modern slavery and its impact, It aims to empower them through the knowledge and tools to act on this in the most effective way.

Our purpose

The Global Freedom Network (GFN) is committed to the eradication of modern slavery through engagement with faith leaders around the world and working with them to take spiritual and practical actions to eradicate modern slavery.

We empower them to mobilise their efforts and work in collaboration with the private and public sectors to fight modern slavery.

Joint declarations

In 2014, under the auspices of the Global Freedom Network, religious leaders from all religions gathered at the Vatican to sign the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery.

By signing these declarations, faith leaders commit to unite with a shared vision of ending modern slavery, for all times.

Since 2014, signing ceremonies have taken place in Australia, India, Indonesia, Argentina, Colombia and New Zealand.

In August 2021, a coalition of faith leaders gathered in Ghana for the first African signing of the declaration.

Faith For Freedom smartphone app

The Faith For Freedom smartphone app is a dedicated practical and information tool for Faith Leaders, clergy, safeguarding staff and other stakeholders.

It was developed with a panel of faith leaders and has clear and concise information about how to identify modern slavery, engage with communities and address the problem.

The app was launched in Ghana in August 2021 with country-specific information, plus a universal profile that makes it a useful tool to any faith leaders anywhere in the world. Profiles for other nations, with country-specific information will be rolled out.

Faith leaders

We empower faith leaders to mobilise their efforts and work in collaboration with the government, business/corporate and civil sector. By building relationships and collaborating with faith leaders and faith-based organisations we believe we can increase awareness, understanding, impact, and action.

Youth engagement

Youth engagement is paramount in the fight to end slavery. Young people are the future decision makers, gamechangers and influencers and they can make a huge impact on the footprint of modern slavery.

Curriculum

We are looking to inform the way young people approach their daily lives, by asking questions about the products and services they consume, where do they shop and what they can do to end modern slavery. Creating learning components for different educational levels (i.e. schools, universities, graduate institutes), will allow stakeholders in the educational community to engage with modern slavery in a way that reflects both the latest knowledge but also the realities on the ground, through the feedback from students and others.

Faith in training

Signing events have involved senior faith leaders who generally become aware of modern slavery only after years of working within their community. The GFN believes that there is a need for faith leaders in training to have the tools to address these issues earlier. As part of their career growth, they will be part of a number of host communities, at a grassroots level, providing them with the opportunity to have a more direct impact on people’s lives. We have an opportunity to provide awareness, education and support to emerging faith officials to further prepare them for when they have completed their training and ready to commence their life’s mission.

Workshops

Workshops dedicated to faith leaders and faith-based organisations are critical to provide training, education and tools to empower action against Modern Slavery. It also provides an opportunity to obtain relevant feedback and further information to aid with the refinement of our approach.

Our targets

  • Plan for and undertake further declaration signings around the world, including a signing in Africa in December 2021.
  • Establish a faith network in Africa, including workshops dedicated to faith leaders in Ghana and other West African nations.
  • Engage with youth and teachers via the creation of specific free resources aimed at incentivising younger people to take action in their daily lives.
  • Embed curricula within confessional schools, universities, and other educational institutions.

Related resources

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