Gender Based Violence

Forever Free: Remembering those Enslaved

Today, March 25th, marks the United Nations declared International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.  This year’s theme is “Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation.”  It is estimated that 25-30 million men, women and children were sold and traded between the 16th and 19th centuries. It is today that we  remember this dark time in history. However, it is also today that we remember survivors of this era and celebrate a declaration of freedom! Slave trade routes spanned between Europe, Africa, South America and North America.

Slave Trade Routes
Slave Trade Map
Photo Credit: slavetrade.org

There were many valiant girls and women who contributed to the emancipation and freeing of slaves. One of the most well known in the United States is Harriet Tubman. Harriet risked her life freeing slaves and rescued many who were enslaved. Let’s honor her memory and remember the millions of girls and women who fought against slavery and suffered through this tragic time in history.

harriet tubman
Photo Courtesy: harriettubmanbiography.com

Today, let’s also remember that…

MODERN DAY SLAVERY STILL EXISTS. This was a global issue and it still is a global issue. 

Here are top ten facts about Modern Day Slavery

  • Slavery: forced to work without pay under threat of violence and unable to walk away.
  • 27 million slaves are in the world today.
  • Slavery isn’t legal anywhere but happens everywhere
  • The majority of slaves can be found in India and in African countries.
  • Each year, thousands of slaves are trafficked  into the U.S.
  • Slaves work in elds, brothels, homes, mines, restaurants—anywhere slave owners can feed their greed.
  • Human trafficking is the modern-day slave trade.
  • $90 is the average cost of a human slave sold around the world
  • Slave holders use many terms to avoid the word “slavery”: debt bondage, bonded labor, attached labor,  forced labor, indentured servitude and human trafficking.
Slavery map current
A Current Map shows that Slavery still exists around the globe
Photo Credit: CNN.com

In fact…

When I think about heroes of the Trans-Atlantic and modern day slave trade, I think of  Harriet Tubman and Somaly Mam.  I think about how they were ordinary women who had experienced the horrific crime of being a slave. These women fought for their freedom and so many others. They inspire people to continue fighting! They deserve to be celebrated and honored as do the millions who have ever been enslaved!

Let’s take today and celebrate and proclaim freedom not just for those that were enslaved but those that still are enslaved around the world today! In honor of them let’s proclaim that we will continue in the fight!

Want to participate in remembering and honoring those that were victims and survivors of the  Trans-Atlantic slave trade? 

Did you do anything to celebrate, remember or honor someone today? What are your thoughts about the Trans-Atlantic slave trade versus the current issue of Modern Day Slavery? Comment on this post or Tweet Us @GirlsGlobe!

Want to fight against Modern Day Slavery? Here are some great organizations in the fight!

International Justice Mission
Not For Sale
Free the Slaves
CNN Freedom Project

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Category: Gender Based Violence
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