25 March observed as a International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade every year in the world.

Speaking on the occasion, the United Nations Chief underlined the need of addressing pernicious and persistent consequences of slavery. Un Chief also called for renewed commitments for a world where all can live with peace, dignity and opportunity.

About the Day

The International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery was designed for annual international observance on 25th March by UN in 2007. The day honours and remembers those who suffered and died because of ‘transatlantic slave trade’. This has been called as worst violation of human rights in history. In the event of Transatlantic slave trade, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims for over 400 years. The day also aims at raising the awareness regarding dangers of racism and prejudice today.

Backdrop

The International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery was first observed in 2008 under the theme “Breaking the Silence, Lest We Forget”. In 2015 theme was “Women and Slavery”.

Permanent Memorial

The Year 2015 marks the start of UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent. To commemorate this, a permanent memorial was unveiled at United Nations headquarter located in New York entitled “The Ark of Return”. It has been designed by Haitian-American architect Rodney Leon.

Modern slavery across World

Over 40.3 million people are estimated to be enslaved in the modern forms, as of 2016. Out of them, 71% are women and girls.  Further, Children account for one in 4 as slave. The modern slave has further sparked amid the coronavirus pandemic because of job losses, regular migration, rising poverty and reduced scrutiny of labour standards. Pandemic is making people vulnerable and is pushing more people for such jobs where they are exploited.

25 March International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery