Walk For Freedom: A21 Slavery Awareness Campaign

One of the things I wanted to accomplish with rebranding to Staci & Co was have the freedom and ability to speak and raise awareness about these types of causes. I love (and miss) academic writing and research everyday (I’m a nerd, I know). I miss writing, sharing and discussing topics that I’m passionate about and I hope you’re passionate about too.

So it’s with a happy heart that I share with you A21’s mission and the Walk for Freedom event because while I love sharing details of our travels or my favourite books and fashion trends, raising awareness and talking about good causes and good people has always been my favourite thing to share.

What is the Walk for Freedom?

Organised by A21, a nonprofit organisation whose mission it is to end slavery. Seems like a pretty lofty goal considering it’s a multi-billion dollar industry, operating in every corner of the world. However, with worldwide march days like Walk for Freedom, they’re helping to raise awareness and get people talking about modern day slavery.

According to their website;

It’s an outward expression–a global fundraising and awareness campaign–of A21’s inward desire to free every single slave on the planet. On October 14, 2017 in communities around the world, you’ll see us–21st century abolitionists–walking in single-file with black shirts and yellow bandanas across our mouths.

There’s this common misconception, in no small part due to mainstream media and film, that trafficking is solely sex trafficking of attractive young females – that is not true. Human trafficking and further slavery affects every gender, race, nationality and country around the world. It is true that women and children are disproportionately trafficked for sexual exploitation, however men are still trafficked and enslaved around the world for forced manual labour and sexual exploitation.

I don’t think anyone would dispute that human trafficking and slavery is a direct violation of our basic and fundamental human rights, yet slavery is at an all time high. Why? Because slavery and trafficking is a largely profitable industry – human beings as commodities are valuable, it’s as simple as that.

Why Am I Tell You This?

Other than it’s a great cause…

If you’ve been reading Staci & Co from the beginning (back when it was L&L) or you know my background, you’ll already know that studied human trafficking and it’s something I’m extremely passionate about. If you’re new to the site, read my post about human trafficking awareness month for some background.

What you might not know is I interviewed to intern in A21’s London office when I first moved to London. Unfortunately, it was unpaid and we simply couldn’t afford it – although it was one of the best interviews. I loved being able to talk about something I was passionate about with someone else who was equally passionate. Good thing is, I can still do my part – like with the Walk for Freedom. And I’m happy to announce that for the first year, I was able to sign Rich & I to take part.

How To Get Involved with Walk for Freedom

There are hundreds of walks listed on their website, and registration is still open. Search for a walk near you here.

If you can’t walk that day or there’s no cities close by, consider donating – we have a fundraising page here.

If you are looking for a topical book recommendation however, I highly suggest The Road to Lost Innocence, my review can be found here

About the author
Staci West is an obsessive compulsive traveller who is currently dealing with a chronic case of coffee addicition. Symptoms include blackouts from online shopping sessions, a ferocious passion for everything colourful and energy levels that exceed a normal human capacity. On the advice of her carer and companion, Kendall her yellow labrador, she created L&L, a down to Earth lifestyle blog, as a distraction for her pathological need for shoes.

6 Comments

  1. This is a great cause. Slavery and trafficking is definitely so wrong and against fundamental rights. It’s easy to think of women and children are the main targets and not men as much. Thanks for raising this awareness and how we can all help.

    1. Thanks for your comment Shayan, it’s definitely a huge issue that people need to talk about more. I hope you’ll help and spreading awareness as well. Thanks again for visiting

    1. Yes, you should! There’s so many great walks and events happening in and around Philly I’m sure you’ll have problem. Please share what you get involved with, I’d love to follow along!

  2. I’ve never heard of the Walk for Freedom before, so thank you for bringing awareness! You actually are why I know that human trafficking is such a big issue, I didn’t know it was so widespread until you posted about it. I’m so glad you have a platform where you can raise awareness about these types of issues and show us all how we can do our part to help.

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