December 2 marked International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is a day taken to create awareness about the existing modern slavery of people around the world.
Every year, the United Nation spares a day for the awareness of people who have been forced and coerced into being one of the millions of people who are victims of modern-day slavery.
This day is used annually to create awareness about modern forms of slavery. These modern forms of slavery include trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, child labor, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.
What is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery?
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is always on the 2nd of December every year.
It is a day that marks the remembrance of the adoption Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others which took place on 2 December 1949 by the United Nations General Assembly.
To remember the convention, a UN report of the Working Group on Slavery recommended in 1985 that December 2 be proclaimed the World Day for the Abolition of Slavery in all its forms. By 1995, the day was known as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
Why is this awareness about Abolition of Slavery important?
The United Nations is committed to fighting against slavery and considers bonded labor, forced labor, the worst forms of child labor and trafficking people as modern forms of slavery.
According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in a report it is stated that as of 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labor and 15.4 million in forced marriage.
These types of slavery are global problems and go against article four of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that "no one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms".
How is the United Nations working to abolish slavery?
The International Labour Organisation has adopted a legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labor, which entered into force in November 2016.
Through the United Nations agency, International Labour Organisation, the UN has been able to work towards lowering the statistics of people who are victims of modern-day slavery around the world.
The ILO has been known to publicly address modern slavery situations including the 2022 World Cup nation hosts Qatar who they gave a year to end forced labour of migrant workers after finding employees stranded without pay or passports upon investigation.