International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was marked in Canberra by the event, “Ending Slavery: Forum on combating slavery today”. The forum, organized by UNIC Canberra in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C), was also a partnership with the civil society organizations, STOP THE TRAFFIK and Anti-Slavery Australia.
Sydney, 27 March 2017
Emotions were running high as Aminata Conteh-Biger, CEO of the Aminata Maternal Foundation and the keynote speaker, recounted her abduction by rebels in Sierra Leone and her subsequent time as a sex slave to one of the combatants.
Eventually released, and then resettled in Australia by UNHCR, she told how she has been able to give back to her home country through her maternal care foundation. It was inspiring to all to hear from someone whose life exemplifies the significant contributions made to society by the African diaspora and peoples of African descent, recognition of which was the theme of the International Day.
To mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, UNIC Canberra organised a film screening of Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess in conjunction with the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. The screening was part of a series of events organised on the theme “Women and Slavery” Continue reading