Anti Slavery Day
Sunday 17th October 2021
More than 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade there are still an estimated 40.3 million men, women and children trapped in modern slavery, and up to 136,000 potential victims in the UK alone
The Clewer Initiative believes that the tools to end modern slavery already exist within the local community and that the Church, which is present in all communities and at the heart of many, has a primary responsibility in leading these efforts.
One of the main things we can do as churches is to be part of raising awareness of this issue. It’s not just an urban issue, there are many ways this also affects rural areas and we as CTiC are at work in both.
The Clewer Initiative is an Anglican led campaign, but its reach is broad. They partner with law enforcement, local government, charities, and wider faith networks.
They have lots of really good and useful resources for use in churches, work-places, community spaces, schools and youth groups. There are:
- Apps for information and reporting possible cases
- Bible studies
- Prayer tools
- Theological and sermon outlines
- Tons of creative ideas of things to do
I recommend you take a look at their website (https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/resources) to see how you can get involved in spreading the work within your sphere of influence to help stop modern day slavery from the grass roots up as well as from the top decision makers down.
Our top five suggestions for
Anti-Slavery Day 2021
With less than four months to go until Anti-Slavery Day, we want to encourage you to think about what you could do in your community to raise awareness of modern slavery. To help, we’ve compiled a list of our top five ideas:
- Organise a special church service on Sunday 17th October. This could be an ‘Anti-Slavery Day’ service or a ‘service of light’. Encourage different groups within your church and community (e.g., Guides, Brownies, Scouts, Mothers’ Union, WI) to come and present a light/candle and create a pool of light. This would be a sign of the hope and greater effect we can have when we learn to work together in seeking to notice the unnoticed and to set free the oppressed. It is also a powerful way to collectively embody The Clewer Initiative strapline “we see you.”
- Illuminate your building on the evening of Monday 18th October – we suggest lighting the building red as it stands out and communicates “STOP.” Consider lighting your building over a number of weekday evenings and encourage other organisations, landmarks, and businesses in your community to follow suit.
- Women in the Shadows film night – use The Clewer Initiative’s new films, Women in the Shadows, and show them back-to-back on a big screen or via zoom to raise awareness of the plight of marginalised women in the UK.
- Craftivism – use craft to tell people about the horrors of modern slavery. Encourage local knitting groups or crafters to knit or crochet chains that can be hung around the local area, or small ones to use as key-ring decorations.
- Contact your local radio station and ask them to do a phone in or programme on modern slavery on Monday 18th October.