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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

2 December

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of December, repeating indefinitely

2 December every year: A day campaigning to eradicate modern forms of slavery.

This day marks the anniversary of the United Nations adopting the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of Others, in 1949. Slavery still exists today, in a number of different forms, and over 1 million children are trafficked each year for cheap labour or sexual exploitation.

Find out more about the Day on the United Nations website. Another useful site to explore is the International Labour Organization’s 50 for Freedom campaign, which aims to persuade at least 50 countries to ratify the Protocol on Forced Labour by 2018. The following YouTube animation shows how someone can be trapped into forced labour by the lure of a job:

If you would like some ideas to help your pupils learn about slavery, past and present, you can read our articles about the Transatlantic Slave Trade or Child Labour. You can also find teaching resources by browsing through the ones listed on our database under the topic of ‘Slavery’. And our feature on Migration & trafficking may also be useful.

The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has a page with background information and teaching activities for this Day.


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