Anti-Slavery Day 2015 – What’s On

1-16 October

RahRah Theatre Tour – My Mind Is Free, different locations. Experience a powerful theatrical interpretation of the degradations of human trafficking performed by Rah Rah theatre company, in an intimate community performance space.

For more information or to book tickets visit

1-31 October

Dalit Freedom Network UK – Broken Lives: Slavery in Modern India – on until 26 April 2016, International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool.  The exhibition provides a window into the experiences of Dalits and others who are being exploited and abused through modern slavery in India.

More information here.

Pass to Protect – a virtual game of PASS2PROTECT. This campaign is an opportunity for all you men to make yourselves heard. The idea is to take a video of yourself passing a ball in order to raise awareness of human trafficking. In this video you will nominate a few guys to donate and keep on passing the ball from shore to shore. So get creative, get involved and #PASS2PROTECT.

6 October

Conway Hall Ethical Society – Freedom’s Debt: The Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade (1672-1752), 6 October, 7 pm – 9 pm, Conway Hall25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL. This talk is the first in the series of eight talks titled The British Business of Slavery. This talk will discuss the parts played by freedom and liberty in developing England’s contribution to the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans.

Book tickets here.

8 October

Guildford CathedralProclaiming Liberty, Civil Liberty –  7.45 pm, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7UP. One of four autumn’s public lectures on the theme of proclaiming liberty. Guest speaker – Sara Ogilvie, Policy Officer.

Please reserve your place here, or contact Helen

9 October

BAWSO Blog2Block Human Trafficking – Write a piece or more about Human Trafficking to raise awareness of the subject. Send your work to by 11 am, 9 Ocotber.

Articles will be published on Bawso social media and website from 12 to 25 October.

10 October

Get Seen For Unseen Glow in the Park, Bath – 10th October  Bath RacecourseGlow In The Park are a series of 5k evening runs set in fantastic park locations and the kind people at Glow are offering Unseen supporters a 10% discount to take part.

Find out more here  and get your discount code here

9-10 October

TheatreFest15 – 9-10 October, Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, Isle of Man. TheatreFest is a five-year project to encourage new work for the theatre and new productions for 2015 have taken slavery as their theme. In partnership with Isle of Man Arts Council, National Operatic and Dramatic Assocation, Stage Door Entertainment.

Contact: Bev Clark,; Stephen Ritch,

10-18 October

Tearfund No Child Taken Campaign – The Big Bake, Nationwide, 10th-18th October. Everybody is encouraged to run a bake sale to raise money to protect vulnerable children. You could even hold a Big Bake sale on Anti-Slavery Day!

More about the campaign and how to participate here

12-18 October

Unseen – Get Seen For Unseen (GSFU), 12-18 October. It is a super bright neon campaign to highlight modern slavery and raise vital funds for the survivors. We’re inviting you to rock your neon, host or join an event, or simply snap a neon selfie and make a donation to Unseen. The week will coincide in the UK’s national Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October.

Learn more here

13 October

Conway Hall Ethical Society  – First Prime Ministerof the London Empire: William Beckford, Jamaican Planter&Lord Mayor of London (1709-1770), 13 October, 7 pm – 9 pm, Conway Hall25 Red Lion Square,London, WC1R 4RL. This talk is the secondin the series of eight talks titled The British Business of Slavery. This talk examines the life of William Beckford, twice Lord Mayor of London, and one of the largest slave-owners in the British Empire.

Book tickets here.

14 October

Unchosen – Falmouth Stands Against Modern Slavery, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth, 14th October, 6-7pm. Premiere of a Unchosen’s new Films Against Slavery series followed by a Q&A with experts/frontline workers.

Contact: and

London Borough of Hounslow – Community Event to mark the International Day of No Prostitution and the European Day Against Human Trafficking, 14 October, Lampton Park Conference Centre, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, TW3 4DN. – The aim of the event is to raise awareness on these forms of violence and what support is available for survivors.

Please RSVP 

15 – 20 October

Care UK – Mark Anti-Slavery Day – 18 October Care UK has prepared lots of resources and call for doing something in your church on or around 18 October to raise awareness of this issue and pray for change.

More here.

15 October

Greater Manchester Police – Modern Slavery Summit – 15 October, 9am-3.30pm, Manchester Town Hall, By invitation only. The conference seeks to develop Greater Manchester’s response to the challenges of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, and to collectively address the impact of the changes implemented through the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Contact: Lauren Birch

Human Trafficking FoundationAnti-Slavery Media Awards Reception at the Locarno Suite, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 15 October, 6 – 8pm. By invitation only. – To mark Anti-Slavery Day and to acknowledge the work of those in the media who have highlighted the nature of human trafficking, the Human Trafficking Foundation is holding its fifth annual Media Awards Reception in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Day Slavery/Human Trafficking, Marsh Christian Trust, AwardCo Group.

Contact: Tatiana Jardan at or 020 3773 2040

Sport For Freedom – Charity Gala Dinner – 15 October, Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC. This occasion will bring together a unique guest list from the world of sport, entertainment, media, and business to unite behind a promise to tackle modern-day slavery.
You will be welcomed with a champagne reception, a three-course meal with wine and drinks accompanied by music, an auction with unique items and experiences, and an exclusive Q&A with icons of sport.

For booking and more information: 

16 October

Unchosen – An evening of Films against Human Trafficking, 6-7.30pm, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, Oriel Chambers, 27 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE.  An evening of films about modern slavery followed by a Q&A session with a panel of experts. Drinks reception from 17.15.  Films to commence at 18.00.  Discussion ends 19.30. Organised by The Antislavery Usable Past Project Team which is a collaboration between the Universities of Hull, Nottingham and Queens, Belfast.


Bedfordshire Police –Awareness-raising partnership conference, 16th October, Moggerhanger Park, Bedfordshire.

Get Seen For Unseen magpie & fox  NEON NIGHT RUN – 16 October, 6.30 pm, Truro, Cornwall – Rock your neon and take part in this super bright, super fun 5k run, hosted by chic boutique Magpie & Fox. Now in its 3rd year, the Get Seen For Unseen Neon Night Run Truro has an amazing atmosphere and is always a great night out.

Find out more here. 

Southwark Council – Modern Day Slavery Exposed – 16 October, 2 pm – 5 pm, Time and Talents, The Old Marychurch Street, London, SE16 4JE. The event is aimed at frontline workers, volunteers to raise awareness of the issue of trafficking and of resources available to persons wishing to access support. Speakers will include: Councillor Bill Williams, Chair of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Communit Council, Major Anne Read, Marissa Begonia, Catherine Kenny.

Please RSVP to by Friday 9th October.

17 October

Dalit Freedom Network UK – Broken Lives: Lost Childhoods – 17 October, 1pm, International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool. Screening of Oscar nominated short film ‘Kavi’, followed by a talk by Kumar Swamy.

More information here.

Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking GroupConference Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking – 17 October, 9.30 am-4.45 pm, St George’s Tron Church, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G2 1HW.  Special guest Aidan McQuade, Director of Slvery International.

Please RSVP, Miriam Weibye

South Cambridgeshire Police –‘Say no to slavery!’: Stop Human Trafficking in South Cambs, 17th October, 10am – 1pm, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, CB23 6EA. In hosting this event, the Police and Partner agencies are asking residents to come together to support them and each other to end slavery. Through the medium of film, and with the time given to ask questions of an expert panel, delegates will leave with the essential knowledge to recognise human trafficking in a local context and the confidence to call the police if they have the slightest suspicion that someone is a being held and traded as a human slave.


Get Seen For Unseen Glow in the Park, Cornwall, 17th October Boconnoc, Lostwithiel – Glow In The Park are a series of 5k evening runs set in fantastic park locations and the kind people at Glow are offering Unseen supporters a 10% discount to take part.

Find out more here and get your discount code here

The A21 Campaign –  Official Walk For Freedom, 17 October, 10am-12 noon, Meeting Point: Old Palace Yard, Westminster – The Walk For Freedom is our collective effort to heighten awareness of modern-day slavery and raise funds to take us one step closer to ending human trafficking in our lifetime. The Walk For Freedom will make its way around the world on October 17, shedding light on the 27 million men, women and children who are still in bondage. When we join forces in one single day, we not only catch the attention of our cities, but we combine our efforts to have a global impact. The London walk will take place around some of London’s most iconic locations!

Contact: Helena Quist,

A21 Walk for Freedom: PLYMOUTH, 17 October, 10am-12noon, Mutley Baptist Church, Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6LB. The route is approx. 3 mile, through the city centre, Barbican and Hoe area. The aim of the walk is to raise awareness of human-trafficking. We will walk in single file and ask participants to wear all black and also give out flyers with information as we walk. See the A21 website for further information and to register

Contact: Amy Brooks

18 October

Churches Together in England – Commit, Correct and Combat, Freedom Sunday, 18th October. Freedom Sunday 2015 planning group brought together people from various Churches and Organisations to work together in making this year’s Freedom Sunday both a resource as well as an event that would gather momentum to include many more faith communities to come together and prevent this global crime of Human Trafficking which is one of the most outstanding forms of Modern Slavery.

More information here

NWG Network – Freedom walk, 18 October, 10.30am-2.30pm, Darley Park. – A walk for all the family through Darley Country park passing the sites of several old cotton mills. The cotton being supplied from slave plantations in America. To raise awareness of the plight of modern slaves in the UK. In partnership with Derby Cathedral.

Contact: Mike Hand

Westminster Chapel – It’s Not Fair! – 18 October 5.30pm, Rhema Theatre Company. an inspiring and moving new piece of theatre telling stories from around the world of human trafficking – and those who fight against it.In partnership with International Justice Mission & Stop The Traffik.

Tickets available here

Get Seen For Unseen – Anti-Slavery Service – 18 October, St Mary Redliffe Church, Bristol. Prayers and service focussing on modern slavery.

 Find out more here

Get Seen For Unseen – One World and Anti-Slavery Service, 18 October, 4.30pm, St Nicholas of Tolentino, Bristol. Prayers and service focussing on One World and modern slavery, with a guest speaker from Unseen.
Find out more here

Get Seen For Unseen – 18 October, 10.30am, Caims Road Baptist Church, Bristol. Prayers and service focussing on modern slavery, with a guest speaker from Unseen.

Find out more here

Sport For Freedom – Football For Freedom – Sport for Freedom and the Premier League academies are joining forces for an international Football for Freedom tournament. This will give players an educational, cultural and inspiring experience to remember. It allows them to test themselves against some of the best young players on the pitch and also learn about the history of slavery and the present day problem of human trafficking.

The play offs will take place in September in London, Bristol and Liverpool, symbolic slave ports of the past and modern day trafficking hot spots. As part of the under 16s International Tournament an educational programme will be delivered to thousands of players involved.

Liverpool FC will host the final on 18th October to support Anti Slavery Day. Players will also take part in a tour of the Slavery Museum which will include a motivational talk by Julia Immonen, Sport for Freedom Founder and Double World Record Atlantic rower as well as Al Bangura, Sport for Freedom Ambassador and former Watford FC player who was trafficked from Africa to the UK at the age of 14.

19 October

ATLEU – Current Legal Issues Affecting Victims of trafficking – 19 October 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm, Freshfields, 65 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1HS. Talk about issues that victims of trafficking are facing as they try to secure their legal status in the UK, pursue claims against the people who have exploited them or just go about their daily lives. Speakers will include Jamila Duncan-Bosu, Paul Yates, Kate Roberts, Alison Harvey/Zoe Harper, Frances Trevena, Carita Thomas.

Book your free ticket here.

19-23 October

Purple Teardrop Campaign – Exhibition on slavery past and present, part of Poole Libraries’ marking of Black History Month. 19-23 October, Oakdale Library, Poole, Dorset. Exhibition by The Thomas Buxton Society and Purple Teardrop Campaign. In partnership with Borough of Poole, The Thomas Buxton Society, Poole Soroptimists.

More details

20 October

Conway Hall Ethical Society – The Law’s Ambiguous Struggle with Slavery, 20 October, 7 pm – 9 pm, Conway Hall25 Red Lion Square,London, WC1R 4RL. This talk is the third in the series of eight talks titled The British Business of Slavery. This talk considers the ambiguity that the law faced in the eighteenth century in its struggle with slavery.

Book tickets here.

21 October

British Red Cross – Film Screening, 21 October, 6.30 pm. 44 Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AL.  With the support of Unchosen we will be screening the following three films:  SAFINA by Tony Clark; MICHAEL by Jonathan Kemp & YOKE FARM by Tim Keeling. The film screening will be followed by talks from experts in the humanitarian and human trafficking field.

Limited capacity. Please RSVP by emailing

Stronger Together – Tackling Hidden Labour Exploitation workshop, 21 October, 9.30am – 3pm, Bakkavor Ltd, West Marsh Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2BB. An interactive training workshop to understand your responsibilities and the best practice for tackling hidden labour exploitation in the workplace. In partnership with The Association of Labour Providers, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and Migrant Help.

Please register at

22 October

Guildford CathedralProclaiming Liberty, Modern Slavery –  7.45 pm, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7UP. One of four autumn’s public lectures on the theme of proclaiming liberty. Guest speaker Ruth Dearnley OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Stop the Traffik.

Please reserve your place here, or contact Helen

24 October

Epiphany Trust – Elsa Harris and The Grand Choir Concert – 24 October, 7 pm, The Grand Theatr, 18 York Street, Citheroe Lancashire, BB7 2DL. Elsa is returning to the UK for her ‘Let my people go tour’ for anti slavery week this October. Elsa will be joined by some of the musicians who played on the album and will be accompanied by The Grand’s own choir, who will also perform some of their own numbers.

For more information and to purchase tickets please follow the link  or ring The Grand directly on 01925 220999.

27 October

Conway Hall Ethical Society – George Hibbert M.P. (1757-1837) and the Defence of British Slavery, 27 October, 7 pm – 9 pm, Conway Hall25 Red Lion Square,London, WC1R 4RL. This talk is the fourth in the series of eight talks titled The British Business of Slavery. This talk will explore the different strategies used by Hibbert to delay the ending of slavery, as well as to ensure that the government compensated the slave-owners for their ‘property in people’.

Book tickets here.