WHY SLAVERY? screening at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Modern Slavery Unit

October 18, 2018


This week, THE WHY’s CEO Mette Hoffmann Meyer proudly represented the organization at a special screening of the WHY SLAVERY? Film Maid in Hell organized by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Modern Slavery Unit. The film-screening was followed by a Q&A where Mette joined high-profile members of The British Civil Service; Richard Jones Deputy Director – Human Rights and Democracy; Duncan Hill, Deputy Head of Africa Departments East and West, and Senior Migration and Modern Slavery Adviser: Robin Misir, National Community Engagement Lead, Home Office.

In addition to the screening, The WHY SLAVERY? Film Maid in Hell will soon be made available to all FCO overseas missions to view online and encourage discussions on how they can contribute to this important agenda.

In the lead-up to the UK’s Anti-Slavery Day (October 18th),this event sought to develop understanding of modern slavery, particularly in the form of domestic labour, among civil service staff. The screening was well-attended by staff from FCO and other Government departments who provided overwhelmingly positive feedback:

It is so important that governments give a platform to civil society initiatives that are striving to make a difference in tackling the heinous crime of modern slavery. We wish The Why every success in their global campaign.”

Richard Jones, Deputy Director – Human Rights and Democracy,Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

From the event, there was a renewed recognition of the importance of cross-sector collaboration to tackle the nefariously complex issue of modern slavery. As the UK Home Office Engagement Lead, Robin Misir commented:

On Anti-slavery Day,the Why Foundation’s documentary is a timely and incredibly moving reminder that we must all continue to work together both domestically and internationally to tackle this complex issue as well as listen to and support individual victims

The positive feedback from the event highlights the important role documentary films play in exposing and informing people of human rights abuses around the world.

We’re delighted that the documentary’s impact will extend beyond the event screening, by being made accessible to all FCO staff via the government’s internal intranet system. We’re confident that this collaboration will better equip civil society staff to better identify and make effective plans to eradicate modern slavery.

The success of this collaboration has further consolidated THE WHY’s commitment to extend the reach of documentaries to audiences around the world; from policy-makers in the UK to civil-rights activists in Peru.

Photos: (Top) Richard Jones opening the WHY SLAVERY? event (Bottom) Panel Discussion with Richard Jones, Robin Misir, Mette Hofmann Meyer and Duncan Hill.

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