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UN Gender Year in Review 2015

UN marks 15 years since landmark resolution on women, peace and security

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Jamaican Maroon story "had to be told"

The story of former African slaves who led a revolt over British rule in Jamaica “had to be told” according to the producer of a movie celebrating the historical event.

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We feel forgotten, say Yazidis battling sex slavery

Thousands of members of the Yazidi community, which the terrorist group ISIL regards as apostates, were captured and sold into slavery last year.

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Teaching history of slave trade can reinforce rights of all peoples, UN declares on Day of Remembrance

By teaching, communicating and transmitting the history of the slave trade the world can reinforce the rights and the dignity of people of African descent and, together, fight against all forms of racism and discrimination, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said on the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

Ghana ritual slavery abuse “unchallenged”

Child rights experts say a traditional form of ritual abuse of minors continues in Ghana despite a years-old pledge by authorities to tackle the problem.

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Campaign to end modern slavery gathering pace

A campaign to end modern slavery launched by the UN is gathering pace in Geneva.

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Ark of Return: UN erects memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

The bravery of millions of victims of the transatlantic slave trade, who suffered unspeakable injustice and finally rose up to end the oppressive practice, was permanently enshrined today as the United Nations unveiled a memorial at its New York headquarters, on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Entitled the Ark of Return, and designed by American architect Rodney Leon, of Haitian descent, the memorial aims to underscore the tragic legacy of the slave trade, which for over four centuries abused and robbed 15 million Africans of their human rights and dignity, and to inspire the world in the battle against modern forms of slavery, such as forced labour and human trafficking.

UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

United Nations officials today welcomed the unveiling at the world body’s New York Headquarters of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history.

Architect shares inside look of slavery memorial

A permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade will help teach present and future generations about, what the UN has called, “one of the darkest chapters in human history”.

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UN marks Day of Remembrance with calls to end modern slavery

As the international community gathers to commemorate the millions of victims exploited by slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that the insidious practice of forced bondage continued to reverberate around the world in various forms – from forced labour and trafficking to sexual exploitation and captivity in slavery-like conditions.