There are 46 million people are enslaved around the world today, more than at any point in history. This includes 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, the new government task force, and the new International Modern Slavery Fund. But the growth of the antislavery movement over the past 20 years masks its short-term thinking: it lacks robust, 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 also 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 is the Freedom Blueprint, which 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. As a global leader on strategies to end contemporary slavery, 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 for the first time), a supply chains risk assessment service for industry, the first accepted recommendations for treating the psychological impact of enslavement, and a city-based process where Nottingham will become the world’s first official slavery-free city - as just a selection of our multi-disciplinary platform.
Please join us at this roundtable showcase of the Freedom Blueprint, where we will invite debate and new ideas, and seek new partnerships. Speakers include Professor Kevin Bales, Professor Todd Landman, Professor Zoe Trodd, and MP and equalities campaigner Jess Phillips.
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