2015- 16: OUR WORK IN NUMBERS
In 2015-2016 we worked with over 40 organisations in more than 20
countries, directly supporting over 115,200 people through our projects
and partnerships and indirectly supporting thousands more through
This year we achieved great strides in fighting slavery, with a
particular focus on descent base slavery and the risks of slavery and
labour exploitation for migrant workers. Here are just a few examples.
- 37 people brought out of slavery this year in Mauritania. Our project there
continues to provide them with subsistence support, including engaging
in advocacy on their behalf and assisting with their social and economic
- Mauritania has one of the highest concentrations of slavery per capita
globally. Following our advocacy at the International Labour Conference,
the conclusions of the ILO’s Committee on the Application of Standards
(CAS) closely reflected the key recommendations in our briefing on
Mauritania. Of particular importance, Mauritania was made the subject of
a ‘special paragraph’, which is an expression of severity, CAS’s
highest rebuke, and means that slavery in Mauritania will be listed in
the General Report of the 2015 ILC as a situation of specific concern.
- In Niger, Anti-Slavery International continued to assist 452 children of slave descent to access education this year and supported
their families (3,287 people in total) to understand, assert and claim their rights through
awareness-raising workshops, training on advocacy, socioeconomic
activities and the facilitation of meetings with State representatives.
- Our brick kiln project in India has continued to raise the awareness of
workers on labour rights and decent work both in Chhattisgarh before
they migrate and once they arrive in the kilns in Punjab, reaching 53,683 workers this year. As part of this project workers whose rights have
been abused are provided with legal support, assisting 1,484 brick kiln workers to be released from bondage this year. 21,000 workers were given information on their entitlements, as Anti-Slavery
International and its partners assisted workers to access existing
social security schemes and benefits, making them less dependent on
- Our Migrant Domestic Work project in India has been particularly
successful in terms of activities related to safe migration awareness
with 37,668 domestic workers provided with information on labour rights and women’s
rights. Domestic workers are sensitized to the issues and provided with
information on the risks associated with the migration process and with
emergency contact details in case of abuse. Domestic workers are also
made aware of their rights through the project and supported to
negotiate better working conditions. For example, this year has seen
wage increases secured for 1,102 workers and 308 workers have signed formal employment contracts.
- Recognising the heightened risk which migration from India to the Gulf
poses to the lives of men in north-eastern Uttar Pradesh, 200 migrants received safe migration awareness training and information.
Anti-Slavery International and its partners finalised and printed a
comprehensive worker ‘passbook’ for each worker to carry with them,
which contains all the necessary information and key contacts and
conducted six worker trainings.
- Our bonded labour project in Nepal came to an end in 2015/16. The aim of
this project was to help break the cycle of discrimination and bondage
in Nepal by improving access to education (and consequently livelihood
opportunities outside exploitation) for children of ex and current
bonded agricultural labourers. Achievements in the final year included
supporting 1,477 children with preparatory classes and assisting them to pursue formal
education and an additional 102 children with vocational training. Based on our experience in this
project, Anti-Slavery International is in the process of developing a
new project that will address the marginalisation of these communities
by improving their participation in governance and their socioeconomic
- In Nepal, our Migrant Domestic Work project focuses on raising the
awareness of workers before they migrate to the Lebanon. 1,405 people were involved in community meetings and events this year in
Nepal, through which they are made aware of the risks involved in
working in Lebanon and of their rights and ensuring that they know where
they can go for assistance if they face problems once there.
- Meanwhile, NARI, a Nepalese Migrant Domestic Work group which was set up
in Lebanon as part of our project, continues to grow and now has 81
members providing information and outreach support to Nepalese domestic
workers in Lebanon. In the past year, the project has processed almost 300 migrant domestic work cases in Lebanon, providing legal support in
the 37 worst cases of abuse and exploitation and referring cases of
non-payment of wages or repatriation requests on to the relevant
- In our project in Peru, 612 Child Domestic Workers have demonstrated increased self-esteem and 1,047 children have shown that recognise and understand the risks associated
with Domestic Work. The project has also established 46 libraries in primary schools in Lima, helping 753 chid domestic workers access recreational reading and hence supporting
their emotional, psychological and academic development. As part of the
project a radio programme on Child Domestic Work ‘No somos invisibles’
(We are not invisible) helps to raise awareness among listeners, with
the last audience measurement indicating a total of 13,000 listeners.
- In July 2015, we organised the first meeting of the EU Cotton Campaign network in Berlin with NGOs and other stakeholders from 10 EU countries, who are now linked to the Cotton Crimes work. Anti-Slavery produced a two minute awareness raising video about the conditions in the Uzbek cotton industry which was launched at the beginning of September 2015. The short doodle animation explaining the system of forced labour in the Uzbekistan’s cotton industry achievd more than 10,000 views on Youtube and was featured on the Thompson Reuters and CNN websites, adopted and translated into Korean by Cotton Campaign partner APIL and translated into Russian and Uzbek and featured on the Radio Liberty site.
- Under our ‘Staff Wanted’ project which aims to combat forced labour,
trafficking, and exploitation in the UK hospitality industry, awareness
raising posters in 10 languages aimed at hotel staff were produced and distributed in March
2016 to all large and medium hotels in the M25 area, raising the
awareness of thousands of migrant hospitality workers in the UK of their
rights and of how to protect themselves from exploitation.
- Finally, Anti-Slavery International continues to engage with the UK
Government’s Modern Slavery Unit and the Anti-Slavery Commissioner. In
March 2016, Anti-Slavery International was accepted to be a core member
of the newly formed ministerial stakeholder engagement group and the
Anti-Slavery Commissioner agreed to meet with the ATMG on a quarterly
basis going forward, to consult about the situation of slavery in the
UK, where there is an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 victims of modern slavery.
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