International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – Help Stop Modern Slavery this Holiday Season
Today is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. With more than 50 million people globally in some form of modern slavery, we wanted to reflect on how everyone can get involved to help stop modern slavery.
As the holiday season approaches, and many of us take time off work to reflect on the year, and reconnect with friends and family. This season for many, is a time for gift-giving, celebration, and charity. During this time, there are many opportunities to take action against modern slavery, the seemingly smallest action can make a big difference that lasts far beyond the holiday season. The following are some examples of how you can combat modern slavery during this time.
Make a Resolution
New Year’s Resolutions, from going to the gym more to watching less TV are frequently made and easily broken. By making a meaningful New Year’s resolution for 2023, you can challenge yourself with practical actions that not only enrich your life but contribute to making the world a better place. You could resolve to dedicate 8 hours a month to volunteering, fundraise a certain amount for your favourite NGO, or educate 100 people in your life about modern slavery. You could even pledge to set up a club at your school or a working group at the office to get your peers involved. These kinds of resolutions will one day allow you to reflect on 2023 knowing you have helped to prevent modern slavery and save lives, an incredibly motivating outcome!
Local NGOs are always seeking support, and you may be surprised at how in-demand your skills are. This support is needed during the holiday season and beyond with thousands of anti-slavery NGOs that need help. Support varies from practical work on the ground to help vulnerable people during the holiday season through to jobs that can even be done remotely, like fundraising, writing, website maintenance, accounting, marketing, and legal support. Taking some time to research and speak to modern slavery NGOs and charities will show you how useful your skills and time can be, and may lead to a newfound passion project in 2023.
As you are buying gifts for friends and family, make a conscious effort to choose companies and brands that are actively engaged in prevention of modern slavery. Positive reinforcement demonstrates to companies that consumers care about modern slavery, and encourages positive action. Apps like Good On You allow you to research how your favourite brands are working on modern slavery issues and understand how they are combating this crime, with recommendations for ethical retailers. Most organisations (particularly those that operate in the UK and/or Australia) are legally required to publish a publicly available modern slavery statement on their website that you can access. Take a look at your favourite brands’ statements, and read about the work that they are doing. Reward those brands that are taking action by choosing them for your gift-giving this holiday season.
Gift a Donation
Consider making a donation to an organisation working against modern slavery, either for yourself or as a gift to a friend or family member. A gift of a donation not only brings joy to the gift giver and receiver, but also to great joy the organisation and beneficiaries that it supports. In a year where NGOs fight to survive the impacts of Covid-19, and modern slavery is affecting even more vulnerable people, a donation gift has more meaning than ever.
Consider donating this holiday season and return receive an NFT. To learn more about The Mekong Club’s end of year NFT fundraiser in celebration of our 10 year anniversary December 12th, 2022, follow the link.
All of the above actions are simple but significant steps that can be taken to prevent modern slavery this holiday season. Share this article to encourage your friends and family to do the same, and help end modern day slavery!
Author – Phoebe Ewen