Engage. Why should I?

If you are asking why, thanks for visiting. You are now one step closer to knowing … 

Picture1As 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 theGirl beaten 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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. told us, “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.”  Desmond Tutu adds, “If we are neutral in situations of injustice, we have already chosen the side of the oppressor.”  As Rotarians, we each have a responsibility to end this obnoxious crime against humanity. If you think that you are too small to make an impact, try going to bed with a single mosquito in the room.
Child in cageCollectively, our individual actions however small, can be magnified, if they are coordinated with the actions of others. One person jumping up and down won’t cause an earthquake, but if we all jump together, the effect would be impossible to ignore. So lets start jumping together & engulf the world with a simple message: Join up and help  “End Slavery Now

Get engaged … you ‘re in great company! 

The world is collaborating to end slavery: The UN recently agreed 17 sustainable goals that include 3 relating to slavery and human trafficking; Governments are taking real and effective action to crack down on the traffickers and force multinational companies to examine their supply chains; Multi-faith Church Authorties are uniting to fight slavery: The media,  led by CNN, Google and most broadcasting bodies carry increasing volumes of sad, often uplifting stories; NGO’s, including RAGAS, are seeing a huge increase in support. The International Justice Mission is making more prosecutions than ever. Stop The Traffik are about to embark on a global project, supported by IBM and the Financial Times to map and track intelligence that will pinpoint hotspot activity around the globe, bring the perpetrators to justice, and make rescue, rehabilitation  and preventative programmes more achievable.

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.

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