According to the 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery published by Alliance 8.7, 40.3 million people were estimated to be victim of modern slavery in 2016. Modern slavery is not defined in law and it is used as an umbrella term to refer to ‘situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.’ This definition can encompass forced labour in the private economy (including child labour), state-imposed forced labour, forced marriage, forced sexual exploitation of adults and commercial sexual exploitation of children.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. This is the worst global crisis since the Second World War and the ILO estimates that nearly half of global workforce is at risk. Workers in the informal sector have been the worst hard-hit, suffering ‘massive damage to their capacity to earn a living.’ These factors have increased people’s vulnerability to exploitation. Migrant workers, children and women are, particularly, at risk.

This Webinar will focus on the impact of Covid-19 on these vulnerable categories and will look at the role of the legal profession to address the heightened risks of modern slavery and child labour.

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ILO Standards and COVID-19 (coronavirus)
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The International Labour Organization maintains a system of international labour standards (ILS) aimed at promoting opportunities for all to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity. International lab...Read More

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Towards mandatory due diligence in global supply chains
COVID-19 resourcesGuidance

The Covid-19 pandemic has once again exposed the fragility of global supply chains and the enormous risks to human and labour rights in a highly interconnected global economy that is not governed by the rule of law. With the global drop in dema...Read More

Protection From Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) During COVID-19 Response
COVID-19 resourcesGuidance

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a public health, social and economic crisis that is global in scale. With restrictions on travel and movement, civil society and humanitarian organizations play a critical role in supporting governments to respond. All peopl...Read More

Online Sexual Exploitation of Children: Rights and Responsibilities
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When: February 18, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Currently, is it estimated that 1.8 million children are exploited worldwide in prostitution or through pornography. Furthermore, it is believed that 20% of victims trafficked for sexual exploitation are children. In 2001, there were approximately 100,000 pornography sites containing child...