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Thursday, 05 March 2015 11:29

Remember slavery

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rememberslavery150Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system - a dark period in human history when more than 15 million men, women and children were victims of transatlantic slave trade over 400 years. The International Day also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

This year’s theme, “Women and Slavery pays tribute to the many enslaved women who endured unbearable hardships, including sexual exploitation, as well as those who fought for freedom from slavery and advocated for its abolition. The theme also celebrates the strength of enslaved women, many of whom succeeded in transmitting their African culture to their descendants despite the many abuses that they had to endure.

It is estimated that one third of the approximately 15 million people who were deported from Africa through the Transatlantic Slave Trade were women. Enslaved women carried a triple burden. In addition to enduring the harsh conditions of forced labour as a slave, they experienced extreme forms of discrimination and exploitation as a result of their gender and the colour of their skin.

Read more from the United Nations International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.