Aangan at the Freedom Fund Meeting

December 2 is marked as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. To mark this, the Freedom Fund convened a meeting of thought leaders in London to discuss how non-profits, governments, businesses and international and human rights organisations/communities can come together to combat ‘modern day slavery’.

Speaking on the subject, ‘The cost of slavery in global development terms,’ Aangan’s Executive Director Atiya Bose advocated for the urgent need for anti-trafficking work to focus on prevention. She spoke of what Aangan has learned from its own history of working with children in rescue homes - that it is too little, too late. The harm that children face through trafficking and exploitation must be prevented at source. She urged policy makers to focus on building community resilience and on investing in community mechanisms to combat trafficking. Using the example of Aangan's  PACT program - where women from the most marginalised communities are being trained to become child protection workers - she highlighted the power of the informal 'non-expert' in the critical task of preventing child trafficking and keeping children safe from harm.

Amongst the other co-panellists with Atiya were Kevin Bale, Professor of Contemporary Slavery, University of Nottingham; Mabel van Oranje, Chair of the Board, Girls Not Brides; and Darren Wench, Head of Migration Department, UK Department for International Development. The session was moderated by Dan Vexler, Director of Programs, the Freedom Fund.



Panel discussion on ‘The cost of slavery in global development terms’: (L-R) Prof Kevin Bales, Mabel van Oranje, Atiya Bose, Darren Wench and moderator Dan Vexler