Outreach Activity on the Occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

06 April 2016

Postponed because of the Easter Holidays in Togo, the commemoration of the International Day of remembrance of the victims of slavery and transatlantic slave trade took place on 6 April 2016. For this commemoration, UNIC Lomé organized jointly with the Federation of UNESCO Clubs the screening of the film: “Queen Nanny:  Legendary Maroons Chieftainess”, produced by Roy Anderson. 

Prior to the screening, a conference was given by a professor of History on the theme: “The problem of slave trade in Africa: historic and challenges.” 

More than three hundred students, members of UNESCO Clubs of six secondary schools of Lomé: Lycées de Gbégnédji, Bè Plage, Ablogamé, Tokoin I, Tokoin II and College Saint Joseph were present at the conference and the screening. They also visited an exhibit of various photos and historical documents on slavery. 

The last activity planned for the remembrance will be a visit to a Slave Memorial located in the city of Agbodrafo, 35 km from Lomé.    

Ceremony in Memory of Victims of Slavery

25 March 2015

On 25 March 2015, a ceremony for the International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was held in Antsirabe with the UN club High School André Resampa. A conference was held with the presence of Mr. Tovohery Razakamanana, Human Rights Officer and Ms. Zoe Rasoaniaina, the National Information Officer of UNIC Antananarivo. The Officers provided background and explanation on women and slavery. It was also an opportunity to talk about the new forms of slavery. Most of the participants noted the issueof trafficking in persons which affect many young people nowadays. A little contest was organized during this event and prizes were distributed to the winners. Songs and plays were also part of the programme. An exhibition on women and slavery was open to the public for three days.  

Remembering Victims of Slavery

25 March 2015

UNIC Bujumbura organized and hosted in its compound – on 25 March 2015 - a series of activities in commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 

A student briefing on Slavery in general and on transatlantic slave trade in particular was organized and the speakers were History Teachers from Lycée Vugizo and Lac Tanganyika Lycée secondary schools of Bujumbura, as well as the UNIC NIO who made introductory remarks talked about the UN and the slavery remembrance programme and presented the Secretary General’s message on the Day.

The film, “They are We”, was also introduced and screened for the students. The students, interested by the topic, asked many questions and on the UN and on Slavery. They also expressed the lesson learned from the whole programme. 

UNIC printed and displayed in its compound, the French version of the exhibition, "Women and Slavery" produced by the Outreach Division of DPI .The students were concentrated on reading the stories on the exhibit. The banners and posters on the above Day promoting the theme, “women and slavery” were also printed and displayed with the exhibition. The UN70 logo was also printed and used with the event and the NIO seized the opportunity of the above commemoration to talk about the UN Anniversary.

Remembering Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

25 March 2015

On 25 March, to commemorate International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, UNIC Canberra and the Anti-Slavery Australia presented a screening of the award winning film “They Are We”' at the University of Technology, Sydney.

In opening the event, the Director of UNIC Canberra said how delighted the UN was, once again, to be partnering with the Director of the film, Dr Emma Christopher and photographer Sergio Leyva Seiglie whose work was recognised last year by the Secretary-General and also featured this year in another exhibit at the UN in New York. He also acknowledged the important work that Anti-Slavery Australia were undertaking to combat the numerous forms of modern day slavery, before reading the Secretary-General's message which paid particular tribute to the many women who suffered and died during the slave trade.

The screening of  "They Are We' followed, eliciting emotional responses - part laughter, part tears - from the audience who were touched by the central theme of the story: a remarkable and joyous reunion of a community, reunited after 170 years having been driven apart by the transatlantic slave trade.

During the ensuing question and answer session Associate Professor Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery Australia first spoke about the need to work towards ending modern day slavery. She also expressed her appreciation for the partnership with the UN. Following on, Dr Emma Christopher spoke about wanting people in Australia to see a different side to West Africa and to appreciate the fragility of much of the culture of the region.  She wondered how the community would survive their latest crisis, that of Ebola, as she told those in the audience that many of the people in the film were just about to endure another 3-day Ebola lock-down.  As the audience appreciated the reality of the situation, it created a sense of immediacy to the event. 

Information on the film, the slave trade and slavery today was also available at the event, as was the opportunity to view Sergio Seiglie's poignant photos some of which had been exhibited at the UN in New York.

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