A two-day event to raise awareness about modern day slavery, which currently affects more than 136,000 people in the UK, is happening this weekend at Southwark Cathedral.
Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or financial gain. It includes sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, criminal exploitation and organ harvesting. According to the Global Slavery Index, there are around 136,000 victims in the UK today.
The Diocese of Southwark have joined the Clewer Initiative to raise awareness of this issue and how it can be eliminated from society.
Remembering Queen Elizabeth II’s visits to Southwark Cathedral
The two-day event kicks off with an exhibition opening on Friday, November 25th. It is a combined enterprise with the Cathedral, the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. Schools from across the Diocese of Southwark have been designing banners about modern slavery and John Reyntiens of the Glaziers Company has made a collage into a stained-glass panel. The exhibition will also provide a historical context to the slave trade of the late 18th century.
On Saturday November 26th, Bishops Rosemarie Mallett and Alastair Redfern will be leading the service, which will feature talks from The Clewer Initiative, DCI Kerry Loveless (Surrey Police Lead on modern slavery) and Reigate Archdeaconry Social Justice Focus (RASJF). In addition to this, on both days there will be a market place of organizers and campaigners.
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The event on Friday November 25th will start at 11am and Saturday at 10am, both at Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, SE1 9DA.
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