This mural was created by Benjamin Swatez as part of the Wall of Hope Campaign. The project was started by the Human Rights Film Focus in Nepal in 2013 and coincided with the United Nations' annual 16 Days to Stop Violence Against Women. The campaign calls young people to action to end violence against women and girls through education and artistic expression. Swatez works with the campaign to create murals to raise awareness of this issue. He was created murals in 17 countries, alongside holding art therapy workshops. Swatez's main focus is on the plight of refugees, the socio-economically marginalised and the vulnerable. This mural was created on the wall of the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu. It highlights child slavery and the forced sexual exploitation of women and girls.As the mural moves from right to left, it shows a progression from slavery to freedom. In the window on the left, we see two factories that represent forced labour. There is barbed wire covering a window, keeping two children loocked inside and the barbed wire trails onto the bed to symbolise forced sexual exploitation. In the centre, we have a teapot pouring a steaming cup of tea and the face of an elderly woman represents the comfort that can come from NGOs for survivors. The dancing woman on the right symbolises the dance therapy that has helped many survivors in Nepal, and the bright outlook of the window represents a world free of slavery.
In commemoration of Mambajao’s 160th founding anniversary on 6th July 2015, the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE 10) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) hosted a mural painting competition. The aim was to raise awareness of child slavery and modern slavery in an area that was frequented by tourists and locals. This was an important moment for the island, which was been declared a “Child Labor-Free Province” in 2012.Around 20 children from four different schools came together to paint this mural and were inspired by the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) "YES to education. NO to child labour" policy, as ensuring children are enrolled in schools is an important effort in the prevention of child slavery and child labour. The winners of the competition were Tupsan National High School (4th Place), Fatima College of Camiguin (3rd Place), Mambajao National High School (2nd Place) and Yumbing National High School (1st Place). Unfortunately, as of 2017, the mural had been destroyed.
February 2016 A gang of three brothers, their uncle and two women were found guilty of 55 serious offences, some of which lay undetected for almost 20 years. 15 vulnerable girls, one as young as 11, were subjected to acts of sexual violence between 1987 and 2003 including rape, forced prostitution, indecent assault and false imprisonment. Karen MacGregor was sentenced to 13 years for conspiracy to procure a child for prostitution, false imprisonment, and conspiracy to rape. MacGregor was a high-profile campaigner on behalf of abused children. In 2013, she founded KinKids, a community support group for kinship carers. MacGregor boasted that KinKids had helped families affected by the scandal. She had persuaded Rotherham council, local Labour MP John Healey and other local organisations to support KinKids in the wake of heightened investigation into cases of child abuse in Rotherham. MacGregor had been luring vulnerable girls to her home in Walker Street, which was described by one of the victims as akin to the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. There, she would groom them before pimping them out in order for them to earn their keep. One of her victims described how MacGregor was a motherly figure who had taken her under her wing at a difficult time in her life and treated her like a daughter. Another victim described how within days of arriving, MacGregor had plied her with vodka to the point of unconsciousness before waking up to find herself being sexually assaulted. New investigation: The conduct of more than 50 officers from South Yorkshire Police who had dealt with the victims across the 20 year period is now under investigation.The Dark Figure* is an ongoing photographic project that investigates and documents UK neighbourhoods where victims have been identified as modern-day slaves. Photo: Walker Street, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, courtesy of The Dark Figure
Voices for Freedom interviews Zoe Trodd, who is the Director of the Rights Lab which is the Unviersity of Nottingham Beacon of Excellence that focuses on research to end slavery by 2030.
Date of recording: 14th December 2018
Voices for Change interviews Todd Landman who is the Executive Director of The Rights Lab, a Professor of Political Science, and the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham
Date of recording: 14th of December 2018
Voices for Freedom interviews Shayne Tyler, who is the Operations Executive at Manor Fresh Limited, and has campaigned tirelessly against modern slavery since discovering it within his organisation in the year 2000.
Date of recording: 18th of October 2018
Voices for Change speaks to Sarah Kerr, who is the Director of the Modern Slavery Evidence Unit at the Rights Lab.
Date of Recording: 9th of May 2019
Voices for Change speaks to Robin Brierley, who is an independent consultant who works for a number of organisations in the UK.
Date of Recording: 23rd of April 2019
Voices for Change interviews Patricia Carrier, who is the Project Manager of the Modern Slavery Registry at Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.
Date of recording: 5th of February 2019
Voices for Freedom interviews Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping as part of the Anti-Slavery Day events put on by the Rights Lab at the Nottingham Council House.
Date of recording: 18th of October 2018
Minh Dang is the Director of Survivor Alliance, and is currently studying for a PhD at the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham.
Date of Recording: 29th of April 2019
Voices for Change speaks to Leila Segal, the director of Voice of Freedom.
Date of Recording: 5th of March 2019
Voices for Freedom interviews Kieran Guilbert, journalist at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, where he is the Slavery and Trafficking Editor.
Date of recording: 9th January 2019
Voices for Change speaks to Kevin Bales who is the Rights Lab Research Director, and Professor of Contemporary Slavery. He is on the Board of Directors for Freedom Fund and is a member of the Global Slavery Index Expert Working Group.
Date of recording: Friday 29th of March 2019
Voices for Change speaks to Katarina Schwarz leads, who the Rights Lab's work on antislavery legislation as part of its Governance Programme.
Date Recorded: 8th of March 2019
Voices for Change interviews three members of the International Justice Mission: David Westlake, the CEO of IJM in the UK; Steve Webster, the Chief Operating Officer; and Paul Newton, who is an international advocate for IJM.
Date of Recording: 12th November 2018
Voices for Change speaks to Helen McCabe, who is an Assistant Professor in political theory in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham.
Date of recording: 8th of March 2019
Voices for Change speaks to Doreen Boyd, who is one of the Associate Directors in the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, where she oversees the Data Programme.
Date of Recording: 16th of March 2019
Voices for Change speaks to Bethany Jackson, who is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham in the Geography Department. Her thesis and work with the Rights Lab focuses on the usage of remote sensing in industries that utilise modern slavery.
Date of recording: 8th of March 2019
Voices for Change interviews Annie Kelly, who is a reporter and editor at the Guardian, where she leads their modern slavery reporting.
Date of recording: 27th of February 2019