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International Women’s Day Event Modern slavery - A Gendered Issue

2:00pm - 3:30pm / Friday 11th March 2022
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: Centre for the Study of International Slavery
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Modern slavery is a serious crime in which individuals are exploited for little or no pay. Exploitation includes, but is not limited to, sexual exploitation, forced or bonded labour, forced criminality, domestic servitude and the removal of organs. An estimated 40.3 million men, women and children are understood to be victim of modern slavery globally, an estimate which includes 15.4 million people living in forced marriage (Global Slavery Index). Modern slavery is a gendered issue, with women and girls representing 71% of victims globally.

The University of Liverpool is at the forefront of research exploring issues of slavery and unfree labour across a range of disciplines, reflecting the strong historical link between the university and the city of Liverpool with the subject. The Centre for the Study of International Slavery supports and shares leading research about slavery and its legacies, founded as a partnership between the University of Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum, part of National Museums Liverpool.

This panel event will be introduced by Dr Laura Sandy, Co-Director of Centre for the Study of International Slavery and Senior Lecturer in the History of Slavery. Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and Honorary Professor in Modern Slavery at the University of Liverpool will provide opening remarks followed by Jo Bezzano and Dr Samantha Currie from the University of Liverpool’s Law School who will outline the challenges faced by women victims of trafficking to secure legal status in the UK. Dr Amy Benstead from the University of Manchester’s Department of Materials will then discuss how modern slavery and trafficking affects women in global textiles and fashion supply chains. Panel remarks will be followed by a moderated Q&A and the event will close over a tea and coffee reception.

Followed by tea & coffee.

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