There are 46 million people are enslaved around the world today, including around 13,000 in the UK. The eradication of slavery by 2030 now appears in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The UK is a world-leader in fighting slavery, with the Modern Slavery Act and the new government task force. But the growth of the antislavery movement over the past 20 years masks its short-term thinking: we lack robust, long-term, evidence-based strategies for abolition.
The University of Nottingham’s research priority area in Rights and Justice is the world's largest group of rights and justice scholars. It is home to the world's leading experts on contemporary slavery, including the lead author of the Global Slavery Index, Professor Kevin Bales. Our flagship project, the Freedom Blueprint, focuses on how to end global slavery by 2030. We offer the world’s first large-scale research agenda for contemporary global antislavery. We believe that advanced, applied research is key to ending slavery by 2030, and key to the UK’s leadership role on this issue. We are developing 10 interventions that can be replicated and scaled, including: the world’s first Geospatial Slavery Observatory (using satellites to map sites of slavery), recommendations for treating the psychological impact of enslavement, and a Slavery-Free City process for roll-out across the UK.
Please join us at a Westminster roundtable, led by Professor Kevin Bales and MP Jess Phillips, on October 25th at 1.45-2.45pm. We will host a small group (50 people) of experts and stakeholders, at Portcullis House (Wilson Room), and debate new strategies for ending modern slavery. We'd love to hear more about your work, and forge new partnerships for research and antislavery intervention - especially in the era of the £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund and the UK government's new £33 million five-year International Modern Slavery Fund.
This showcase of The Freedom Blueprint will invite debate and new ideas from attendees, and seek new partnerships. Speakers include Professor Kevin Bales, Professor Todd Landman, Professor Zoe Trodd, Dr Alison Gardner, and MP Jess Phillips.
Register now for the Freedom Blueprint event. Upon registration we will send you an official invitation document for entry to Portcullis House.
This event is part of Nottingham in Parliament Day, celebrating the institutions, businesses and people that make Nottingham great. Find out more at: www.nottinghaminparliamentday.uk