In the Sigur Center’s Lecture Series on Subnational Asia
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lindner Commons, 6th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
George Washington University
Shivanna Puttaiah: Survivor of Bonded Labor Slavery, Activist and Community Organizer, JEEVIKA, 2010 Free the Slaves Freedom Awards recipient (India)
The farm fields of India are one of the world’s worst spots for slavery. Trapped by phony debts, entire families have been enslaved for generations. JEEVIKA is a group that helps slaves understand their rights and free themselves from bondage. By standing together against powerful land owners and complacent public officials, slaves discover that freedom is possible.
Roger Plant: Consultant to the Asian Development Bank and former head of the ILO Special action program to combat forced labor, 2010 Free the Slaves Freedom Awards recipient (UK)
You can think of Roger Plant as history’s most unusual census taker. As head of a UN agency task force, he set out to count the number of slaves in the world today. The premise: you can’t cure it if you can’t count it. His global estimates of slavery — and of the profits made by slaveholders — have helped forge a worldwide governmental response. “There’s a tremendous amount of good will around in the world,” Roger says. “Our job is to mobilize the good will against the bad.”
Ginny Baumann: Free the Slaves Partnerships Director
Since 2002, Ginny has worked with Free the Slaves’ local NGO partners to help them dismantle systems of slavery and strengthen community-based resistance. Free the Slaves collaborates with locally-led initiatives against slavery in India, Nepal, DRC, Uganda, Brazil, Ghana, and Haiti.
Moderated by Professor Andrea Bertone: Visiting Assistant Professor of International Affairs, The George Washington University
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