Thousands gear up to ‘Walk for Freedom’ across 10 Indian cities to raise awareness about human trafficking
'The Movement India’ and ‘A21’ partner with 47 colleges, corporates and NGOs across India to organise the silent Walk at public spaces in 10 cities on October 19th, 2019.
According to the International Labour Organisation (2016) 40.3 million are caught in various forms of modern-day slavery globally. Of these, right now, there are 8 million people trafficked in India for sex, labour, organs, forced marriages and domestic servitude, according to the Global Slavery Index 2018 .
The Walk for Freedom is the world’s largest event to raise awareness against human trafficking, happening simultaneously in 450 locations across 50 countries. It is a silent walk where participants pledge to help end human trafficking in their lifetimes, and walk single file in a public place holding placards about the reality of human trafficking that raises awareness among the watching public. Globally, the Walk is organised by A21, an international NGO in the fight against modern-day slavery.
The Walk for Freedom comes to India on October 19th for the third year in a row, hosted by The Movement India, a volunteer mobilisation platform based in Mumbai. Over 2500 participants have already signed up to Walk for Freedom at 10 cities - Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Shillong, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru and Panjim.
Date: October 19th
Time: 6:30 am - 8:30 am
Mumbai Venues: St. Stanislaus School Ground, Bandra (assembly point)
Walk route: Bandra Bandstand
To register: visit www.themovementindia.com
In the lead up to the Walk, The Movement India has conducted over 40 awareness workshops about human trafficking reaching over 4000 participants across India in just the last 1.5 months. These include awareness sessions in Mumbai colleges like Wilson College, Mithibai College, Rizvi College, St. Andrew’s College, Md Shah Mahila College, corporates such as HDFC Sales Pvt Ltd, FedBank, United Consultancy Services, NEST-IT, Headout App alongside partner NGOs such as Prerana anti-human trafficking cell, Waste Management Society, TejasAsia,Transforming Lives Foundation, Rescue Foundation, ARC - Action for the Rights of the Child, Bethesda Life Centre, Justice and Hope, Vision Rescue, Justice Ventures International, Justice and Hope, World Vision India, Childline, International Justice Mission, LIA - Love in Action, Anti-Human Trafficking Cell, Kochi, Operation Red Alert, Grassroot Shillong, Faith Foundation Shillong, Bosco Integrated Development Society, North-East Network, Spark Light to lives, Martin Luther Christian University, Reach Ministries Shillong, YWCA of Bombay, YMCA of Greater Secunderabad among many others.
Last year, The Movement India conducted the Walk at four locations in Mumbai - Bandra, Juhu, Powai, Vasai - and one in Chennai and drew over 1450 citizens across different strata of society. You can see highlights of the Walk at the above hyperlinks, and press coverage at the following links - Republic TV, Radio One, The Hindu, Hindustan Times Thanthi TV.
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