Anti-Slavery International Supporter Conference

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Programme

Welcome

Ryna Sherazi, Head of Fundraising & Communication, Anti-Slavery International


Slavery in the UK animation


Launch of new strategy

Jasmine O’Connor, CEO, Anti-Slavery International


Live Q&A with CEO

Jasmine O’Connor, CEO, Anti-Slavery International answers your questions


The Face of Freedom spoken word poetry video

Ayomide Sotubo, Policy & Monitoring Assistant, Anti-Slavery International


Live Panel discussion: the impact that Covid-19 is having on victims of modern slavery and the work of

anti-slavery activists here in the UK and around the world.

Chair:

Julie Etchingham, News Anchor, ITV News, and Anti-Slavery International Patron

Panellists:

Kate Elsayed-Ali, International Advocacy Manager, Anti-Slavery International

Wanjiku Mbugua – Head of Regional Services, North Wales, BAWSO

Agali Waidarane, Project Co-ordinator, Timidria – Niger


Live Panel discussion Questions from the audience


Why I support Anti-Slavery International

Simon John, Rotarian


A message from our Patron

Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie


Final thanks and close

Ryna Sherazi, Head of Fundraising & Communication, Anti-Slavery International

Speakers

Julie Etchingham – News Anchor, ITV News

A graduate from Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, Julie is currently co-presenting ITV news and current affairs, and has previous experience working for the BBC and Sky News. She is known for chairing televised leaders’ debates ahead of UK general elections and the Brexit referendum, and was the first woman to host a UK election night programme.Julie has interviewed the past four Prime Ministers, as well as Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice and Aung San Suu Kyi. She was also the first woman to win the Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year award. Julie is passionate about raising awareness of human trafficking and bringing to light the women’s personal stories through her work in the media. She also moderates conferences on human trafficking in the UK and abroad. Her coverage of modern slavery issues includes “Britain’s Secret Slaves”, a documentary on slavery in Britain, a series of special reports on trafficking in Nigeria, and a harrowing story of Vietnamese girls trafficked into sexual exploitation to China, France and Britain. Julie became patron of Anti-Slavery International in 2017.

Kate Elsayed-Ali, International Advocacy Manager, Anti-Slavery International

Kate Elsayed-Ali began working at Anti-Slavery International in 2007, leading the organisation’s public campaigning, and in 2009 took up the post of International Advocacy Manager. In this role, Kate manages Anti-Slavery’s work with the United Nations (UN) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), and is the organisation’s main representative to the UN. Kate works across all of Anti-Slavery International’s regional programmes and projects, and leads policy and advocacy work on slavery issues globally. She has extensive knowledge of the UN system, and vast experience of engaging with and influencing international mechanisms and decision makers. She is currently based in London, but her work requires involves regular travel to Geneva.


Kate has over 15 years’ experience in research, campaigning and advocacy for international non-governmental organisations. Prior to joining Anti-Slavery International, she worked for Amnesty International at their International Secretariat in London. Kate holds a BA in Modern History and Politics from Sheffield University, and has studied International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law.

Wanjiku Mbugua – Head of Regional Services, North Wales, BAWSO

Wanjiku is currently Bawso’s North Wales Regional Manager with over ten years’ experience leading the Domestic abuse service delivery functions of Bawso – she started this project from scratch in 2006.BAWSO is a member of the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), which Anti-Slavery International chairs, a coalition established in 2009 to monitor the UK’s implementation of European anti-trafficking legislation. Wanjiku has managed and supported staff members working with clients suffering from domestic Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriage, honor based violence and human trafficking. Wanjiku Mbugua holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Postgraduate degree in Education from University of Nairobi. In addition, she has recently completed a Masters Degree programme in Community Development at Bangor University.

Agali Waidarane, Project Co-ordinator, Timidria – Niger

Anti-Slavery International works in Niger, West Africa, alongside local partner organization, Timidria, to provide education to communities of slave-descent who are typically left out of formal education systems due to the stigma they face. These are communities either still born into slavery or descendants of those families.Agali has managed this Anti-Slavery International and Timidria project for nine years at the local community level. He has a MA in English and has dedicated his career to improving the well-being of these communities.Highly respected amongst the communities with whom he work, Agali has developed very strong connections with leaders at the local level. This has contributed to increasing the visibility of these

communities of slave descent amongst local and regional authorities, who have, as a result, committed more resources to the community’s education. Agali has been instrumental in deconstructing the ideology underpinning the perpetuation of slavery practices in the area.