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Our 21st century city must shed its prejudices. Exploited migrants - whether in forced labour or sex trafficking - have equal rights and opportunity to everyone else, as long as governments and private citizens provide the support they uniquely need.
In today’s episode, we discuss why education is essential on two fronts.
Of course, it is important for the displaced to learn the language, laws and skills to navigate and make the most of their new homes.
But secondly, their hosts must understand the scale and reality of what they - their neighbours - have been through. Sadiki John’s story is a testament to how this can make a difference.
Next, jobs, jobs, jobs. As Monique Villa points out, employers must provide meaningful, appropriate work that does not just pay the bills, but, at the very least gives new members of society dignity, and may well leverage the skills they bring. This is in line with SDG 8.
Finally, collective support. Victims of human trafficking and forced labour, and refugees will likely have experienced extraordinary trauma. We must work with local authorities and use our agency to support these individuals and families, and make them feel safe and welcome.
Lazima Nipate Academy
Sadiki John is a social entrepreneurship, education, and technology enthusiast. He firmly believes the most rewarding experience is the positive impact he can have on society. He energizes the Outreach Role at the Social Innovation Academy (SINA), and he is the co-founder of Lazima Nipate Academy, a SINA community in Kampala, Uganda, which empowers young urban refugees to unleash their potential and create their own opportunities.At the age of 13, his family was forced to flee to Uganda from his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, due to a war between rebels and government forces in his village. In Uganda, he settled in a refugee camp for four years before relocating to the capital city.
Journalist, Author, Philanthropist and Former CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation,
Monique Villa is former CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a global leader in the charity world, an esteemed journalist and specialist of press freedom and the author of Slaves Among Us. She has been ranked among the world’s 100 most influential people in Business Ethics by Ethisphere since 2014 and was fourth in the UK’s 2018 Top 100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers’ Index. Villa received the Champions for Change Award in 2015 for her vision and effort in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, and was the recipient of ECPAT-USA’s inaugural Freedom Award in 2017 in recognition of her leadership in the fight to end child trafficking. She is also a Champion of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
For this episode we will be supporting SINA by donating £100 for Every 100 Listeners which will allow :
One young urban refugee in Uganda supported to join SINA for 6 months to unleash his/her potential
Marginalized youth and refugees lack opportunities to create a dignified life and are expected to remain in poverty. Social Innovation Academies in East Africa are transforming the educational system and allowing marginalized communities to create their own solutions and social enterprises tackling root causes of social problems.
Migrateful - cookery classes led by refugee and migrant chefs
‘I carried his name on my body for nine years’: the tattooed trafficking survivors reclaiming their past, The Guardian, 16 November 2014
Slaves among Us: The Hidden World of Human Trafficking, Monique Villa (2019)