Modern Day Slavery: local context and resolutions

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University of Bedfordshire Postgraduate Centre

1 Vicarage Street

Luton

LU1 3HZ

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Modern day slavery is more common than we like to think: it is under our noses within our communities. It is an issue that affects us all, but more importantly it affects young people across the UK and from abroad. At the University, we consider it crucial to engage with the reality of this widespread human rights issue.

This student-focussed programme includes a range of interactive sessions that aim to increase awareness and understandings of the extent and nature of human trafficking and modern day slavery, the related risks and actual or potential approaches adopted by public and private organisations.

You will be involved in mixed groups including students, staff, community organisations and businesses, in a ‘mini-UN’ session designed to generate local resolutions to this global challenge. Participants will develop skills in the collective writing and presentation of, and the voting on, UN-style resolutions and will be encouraged to identify ways to mobilise action for change.

You will learn about international and national frameworks regarding protections against trafficking and for the survivors of trafficking. You will contribute to identify appropriate and feasible responses and establish contacts and support from the University and organisations to carry your interest forwards.

This event is supported by the Centre for Learning Excellence, the United Nations Association (UNA) - Luton, PeaceJam International, School for Applied Social Studies (Social Change Makers programme), and the School for Cultural and Communications.

Progamme

1.15 Ceremonial UN-flag raising (to mark UN International Day) by Bill Rammell VC University of Bedfordshire, President UNA-Luton

1.30 Inauguration

  • Bill Rammell VC President UNA-Luton
  • Dr Nazia Khanum OBE Chair UNA-Luton, Deputy Lieutenant

1.40 Overview and expectations (interactive) Dr Diana Pritchard (Coordinator Sustainabilty Forum/ Centre for Learning Excellence)

1.55 Secret Gardners short film (ECPAT UK) children trafficked to the UK for cannabis production

2.00 Q&A session Setting the Context:

  • Dr Patricia Hynes (Reader in Modern Day Slavery)
  • Dr Helen Connolly (Expert in child trafficking and international children's rights)
  • Azalea/ Unseen (local Third Sector service providers)

2.30 Group exercise: Links to SDGs

2.40 Working groups

  • University policy: Amanda Dimande, BedsSU Vice President Union Development /Amanda Egbe (Media)
  • Children: Dr Helen Connolly
  • Women and girls: Dr Nazia Khanum/ Azalea
  • Vulnerable adults: Dr Patricia Hynes / Unseen
  • Corporate actions and responses: Dr Mohamed Saeudy
  • Media: Dr Paul Rowiniski (Journalism)

2.50 Briefing: Drafting resolutions; Dr Wendi Momen MBE, JP

2.55 Mini-UN group work local resolutions drafting

3.30 Refreshments

3.45 Preparing presentations

4.10 Presentations, amendments and voting

5.00 Where to now? Dr Helen Connolly

5.10 Interactive feedback

5.15 Close: Vinod Tailor DL


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University of Bedfordshire Postgraduate Centre

1 Vicarage Street

Luton

LU1 3HZ

United Kingdom

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