As the world commemorates the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on December 2, 2023, it is crucial to acknowledge that various forms of slavery persist, ranging from contemporary slavery to child labor. Despite progress, millions of lives are still claimed by slavery’s manifestations, including sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced marriages, and the coerced recruitment of children into armed conflicts. This solemn day urges global solidarity to eradicate present-day slavery and advocate for the victims.
Key Facts to Remember on International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: December 2
Annually, December 2 marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. In 2023, this significant day coincides with a Saturday.
December 2, 1949, witnessed the passage of the Convention for the Suppression of Trafficking in Persons and the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The commemoration of this day aims to raise awareness about the perils of slavery and the urgent need to address its prevalence.
Theme for 2023: Fighting Slavery’s Legacy of Racism through Transformative Education
The theme for this year’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery underscores the imperative of combating slavery’s racial legacy through transformative education. The United Nations emphasises the enduring impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade’s racist legacy, advocating for education that empowers individuals to critically analyse the social world and challenge prevailing prejudices. The goal is to foster agents of change who work towards ending racism and injustice and building inclusive societies founded on dignity and universal human rights.
On this International Day, the global community is called upon to reflect on the persistent struggles against slavery and commit to transformative education as a potent tool for dismantling the legacy of racism and fostering a world built on principles of dignity and equality for all.