Engage. Why should I?
If you are asking why, thanks for visiting. You are now one step closer to knowing …
As former General Secretary of the United Nations, Kofi Annan reminds us all, “There is no trust more sacred than the one that the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from want and fear, and that they grow up in peace”.
There are 46 million slaves in the world today: Many are very young children … some under three years of age! This is four times more than the number of people taken out of Africa during the 400 years of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Today, this second largest illegal ‘industry’ generates over $150 billion in profits.
Bringing slavery to an end is a generational challenge … WE CAN AND WILL DO IT … so let’s go. Put the challenge in perspective: In many of our lifetimes segregation in America, and Apartheid in South Africa has been achieved from small beginnings. Today it’s estimated that to free the world’s slaves would cost $15 billion. That’s a big number … but it’s the equivalent of what the USA spends on crisps and pretzels, each year. The 40.3 million slaves account for ‘just’ 0.03% of the worlds population. So, let’s be positive, it really is achievable. Individually we can, and collectively we will end slavery. As Gandhi said, “You [we] must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Get engaged … you ‘re in great company!
Act now: There is a growing global appetite to free our conscience of this shame. Be part of it. Join the movement by taking a few simple steps today.
10 simple steps to help you on your way …
Step 1. Help build this Rotarian movement. Join RAGAS. Your Charter subscription works out at £10 ($15) a year. Two years in and that’s about the price slave masters pay to buy an enslaved soul at ‘Le Marche des Jeunes Gens’ on the Ivory Coast.
Step 2. Print off and promote our information leaflet (being updated)
Step 3. Spend a bit of time watching one of the many videos on the subject
Step 4. Recognise and buy only sustainable slave-free products
Step 5. Vow to, at least, achieve three of these simple ‘Things I can do”
Step 6. Spot it to STOP it – Recognise a victim in your neighbourhood
Step 7. Know your local Helpline number and promote it
Step 8. Don’t be challenged – Understand the different forms of slavery
Step 9. Don’t be shy – support relevant campaigns
Step 10. Develop, promote and support a practical project
Want to learn more … There are two acknowledged sources of in Country information: The US Sate Department, with its wealth of intelligence resources publishes The Traffik in Persons report: The WalkFree Foundation, finances and publishes the Global Slavey Index, Check them out.
Hopefully you are now on board. If not, these two full length factual documentaries will leave you in no doubt why you should be part of this movement to change lives for good.
Thanks for coming this far
Let’s work together and take action today to End Slavery Now