Slavery and racism are abhorrent. The coming week gives us an opportunity to stand up to and speak out against both.
Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. It covers a wide range of abuse and exploitation including human trafficking, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, criminal exploitation, and organ harvesting.
Monday 18 October is Anti-Slavery Day, which provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities, and individuals to do what they can to address the problem.
Racism is the belief that groups of humans possess different behavioural traits corresponding to physical appearance and can be divided based on the superiority of one race over another.
Friday 22 October is Show Racism the Red Card Day, which, through football, encourages a better society in which lives are no longer ruined by racism.
Each and every one of us can stand up against exploitation and racial prejudice to build a world beyond racism and discrimination, where we all respect human rights.
We’ll be supporting the fight against slavery and racism. We urge you to do the same.