“I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.”
- Malala Yousafzai, Speech to the United Nations UN Youth Takeover 2013
This year’s International Women’s Day is all about the ground-breaking action undertaken by people around the world to create change for women. It is about the connection and collaboration between all of us, regardless of gender, to create a global environment that allows women and girls to unlock their powerful potential.
In Australia, there are a great number of organisations and individuals who provide assistance, support, research and advocacy to women and girls in Australia who have been trafficked and enslaved, who have suffered in conditions of servitude and forced labour, and who have been or will be forced into a marriage. Today Anti-Slavery Australia honours the hard work of these people, who are passionate and vocal about changing the Australian landscape, so that the exploitation of all people, including women and girls, is prevented.
The recipients of Anti-Slavery Australia’s Freedom Awards are those individuals and organisations that have undertaken outstanding work and provided integral contributions to initiatives against slavery and slavery-like practices. Past recipients have included women, men and organisations from government, non-government and law enforcement sectors. The work of these award winners has changed the Australian response to survivors of human trafficking, slavery and exploitation, making it more likely that these survivors have more choices and opportunities to achieve their own potential.
This year, the Freedom Awards will recognise organisations making efforts to stop slavery and forced labour in their supply chains. Today, on International Women’s Day, you can demonstrate your commitment to change for women and girls in conditions of slavery and forced labour around the world by making ethical consumer choices.
Today also represents an opportunity to learn about key, global issues facing women and girls and raise awareness amongst family, friends and colleagues.
You can find out more about all forms of slavery and human trafficking, including forced labour, debt bondage, servitude, child labour, and organ trafficking with our FREE e-learning course.
My Blue Sky, Anti-Slavery Australia's website dedicated to forced marriage prevention and support, provides a clear and accurate source of information on forced marriage in Australia. Forced marriage is a crime and a breach of human rights that disproportionately affects young women and girls. By learning more about forced marriage, early intervention, and how to identify a forced marriage, you can be a part of the movement to prevent forced marriage in Australia and around the world.
To find out more about International Women's Day and other way to take action for change, visit the website here: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/