Wednesday, March 6th 4.15 PM U.S. EST time
Parallel Event – 57th Session of the United Nation Commission on the Status of Women, organized in cooperation with Lehigh University and broadcasted from Lehigh University. It was moderated by the Lehigh University Women’s Centre.
The session started with a brief overview of the topic and the screening of the video about the issue of sex trafficking in the world on the topic of the session: “Global, National, Regional, & Local Perspectives on Modern Day Slavery.”
The session included guest speakers from the FBI, Free The Slaves, The Valley Against Sex Trafficking and the Center for Public Health of Nigeria.
I will share my personal experience of attending this side event at Lehigh University. The room, which was booked for the event was absolutely full and all interested students had to go to an extra room, which showed the interest of youth in the topic.
I had a chance to talk to a student who attended a conference and ask his opinion about the event and the topic discussed. I have talked to Alejandro Gonzalez who is a freshman at Lehigh University studying Engineering. I have asked Alejandro why did he come to the event and it is what he told: “I feel like slavery is one of those issues that people think disappeared, so I felt it was important to educate myself on what slavery is like today.”
To conclude, I want to emphasize that we should be educated about the issue of modern day slavery. People have dignity to be free and live a life of dignity. Please, follow some updates from the organization Free The Slaves (https://www.freetheslaves.net/SSLPage.aspx) and take a stand in your community.