By Prem Grover
For the past year, we’ve been on a journey to help children in conflict and disaster zones escape the risk of modern slavery. Today we’re delighted to announce that, alongside our partner, A World at School, and a coalition of other organisations, we achieved a campaign win on our Education in Crisis campaign.
The Global Fund for Education has been launched! This Fund will go towards helping 75 million children in 35 crisis-affected nations receive an education, reducing their risk of being trapped in forced labour, forced marriage, or recruitment to the armed forces. Already, contributions total over $90 million.
136,633 Walk Free supporters took action on this campaign. Our petition was taken to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May and presented to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, as well as major government donors attending from around the world.
These supporters helped make the Fund happen – and now is your chance to help us achieve another win. Will you lend your voice to another equally important campaign? Over three thousand women and girls have been forced into sexual slavery by ISIS during the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
Earlier this month, 19 of these girls were publicly burned to death for trying to escape sexual slavery. By joining our campaign you can help protect women and children living in conflict zones from the risk of modern slavery. Join us in asking the UN Security Council (UNSC) to take action.
Over 55,000 have already signed our petition to protect the thousands of people who are enslaved in conflict areas – and the UN is listening. The topic is being debated at the UNSC and organisations across the globe are uniting, but we must keep the pressure on to ensure definitive action is taken fast. Speak up for these women and children by signing our petition here. In gratitude, Zoe, Eugenia and the Walk Free team