Modern slavery and human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries and one of the biggest human rights crises today, according to the United Nations.
Around the world, millions of women are employed by the 2.4 trillion-dollar apparel industry. Many face daily sexual and verbal harassment on the job.
“Survivors deserve a safe and secure pathway home or safe passage elsewhere. We must support efforts to focus on humanity, and overcome political and cultural divisions. We must not only imagine a better future for women, children and persecuted minorities, we must work consistently to make it happen – prioritizing humanity, not war,” said U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad.
While the #MeToo movement has captured international attention, women have mobilized mass movements on women’s rights around the world in the past year at a scale never seen before.
In 2017 alone, over 300 Human Rights Defenders across 27 countries were killed, double the numbers from 2015. Almost 85 percent of the recorded murders were concentrated in five Latin American countries: Colombia, Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
“The way forward is the full realization of reproductive rights, for every individual and couple, no matter where or how they live, or how much they earn." - Natalia Kanem, United Nations Population Fund