What you do matters and can make a world of difference, especially to those who don’t enjoy the same freedom, empowerment or access to justice that you do.
As a citizen, vote for leaders that will prioritise eradicating modern slavery in our time and remove legal roadblocks for all people to fully and freely participate, especially women and girls.
As a consumer, vote with your dollars for businesses that align with the kind of world we want to live in. None of us should be able to buy anything which harmed another human being in the process. As a consumer, you have the right to demand greater transparency and accountability from businesses. Take some time to reflect on whether your consumer choices support modern slavery. Dare to ask yourself, “Were any people harmed or exploited in the making of this product?” or “Who made my clothes?” Better still, ask that of all the brands you shop with.
In your social networks, become an advocate for the issue of modern slavery by helping to demystify its complex nature, breaking the myth that it does not exist in your country but “only happens over there,” and combatting misinformation and disinformation online and in person.
In your community, stay alert to cases and modern slavery practices. It can happen anywhere, including in your town or city. Learn how to spot signs of different forms of modern slavery and how to report it. By looking out for each other, we weave the threads for stronger and more resilient communities where exploitation has no place.
In your professional environment, consider what your organisation can do to prevent, identify, and mitigate modern slavery risks. Be proactive in assessing the impact of your work in enabling or disabling the harms of modern slavery; and be responsible in taking action to address any resulting human rights implications. No industry or sector is modern slavery free, but the way it manifests in each area of work can be very different.
Donate to support existing initiatives, projects and organisations. Your support will be critical to make sure they can fulfil their mission in tackling modern slavery through prevention, victim identification and support, and strengthening of criminal justice mechanisms. Do your research to identify what these organisations are doing, look out for those which are community or survivor led, and then support with regular donations.
Be a leader in mobilising others and bringing people together for this cause. If you cannot find an anti-slavery organisation or initiative that works to address an issue that you feel passionate about, why not create your own?
Campaign to bring about (or be) the change you want to see in the world. Engage with campaigns by anti-modern slavery organisations or initiatives by joining their calls to action, spreading their message in your social networks and social media channels, and speaking to your peers about it. Be creative and bold in the way you get attention to the campaign.
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