Wednesday 19 July 2017
A series of workshops on modern slavery, which brought together around 70 parliamentarians from 13 countries, has seen a significant increase in understanding and a greater commitment to combating human trafficking and exploitation from legislators.
Organised by CPA UK, the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop and the Africa Regional Workshop highlighted some of the causes and consequences of modern slavery, which claims an estimated 45.8 million victims worldwide.
Delegates in attendance recorded a 35% increase in level of understanding of modern slavery and related issues, including human trafficking, forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation and transparency in supply chains. They also made pledges to combat these forms of exploitation, such as reviewing and strengthening existing anti-slavery legislation; campaigning to increase budgets to tackle modern slavery; and raising the awareness of modern slavery through debates in parliament and in the media.
Moving forward, CPA UK’s Modern Slavery Project, which is a two-year initiative, will seek to provide tailored support in the area of legislative drafting as well as building a network of legislators committed to tackling modern slavery across the Commonwealth and beyond. Read more about the project here.