Slavery does not exist anymore, right? We all live our lives freely, especially in well-developed Europe. For most people, this is true. But what about the 40.3 million people worldwide for whom this is not the case? The 800.000 modern slaves in Europe, of which 30.000 live in the Netherlands? According to the United Nations slavery is prohibited, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) states: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude: slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” Although Europe is not often associated with modern slavery, it remains a destination, and source for the exploitation of men, women and children in forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation, as well as forced child marriage.
Recently, the problem of modern slavery in Europe became extra relevant. The massive influx of migrants and refugees in 2015 and 2016 has given Europe a new source for slavery: immigrants. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 children registered as refugees are now unaccounted for…
During the 71st Dies Natalis conference on the 29th of November, organized by SIB-Groningen, we will try to provide an overall view of the topic by means of more general talks, and interactive focussed masterclasses.
We will welcome Katharine Bryant who is part of the Walk Free Foundation where she works on the Government Responses Index, which shows how much governments are doing against modern slavery. Next to this, we will have several other speakers, all with their own perspective. The police will be represented, as well as the Dutch National Rapporteur of Human Trafficking and Child Abuse. Also, more personal stories will be told, such as the unknown story of male forced sexual labour. It is incredibly important that the story of modern slavery is told and more awareness is raised.
12.30 PM Arrival time for participants
1.00 PM Opening of the conference by Elze Bulstra (moderator), the Presidents of the SIB and the Dies Natalis Committee, and a short talk by the mayor of Groningen.
1.15 PM Plenary lecture I by Katharine Bryant.
2.10 PM Masterclass round I by Maarten Abelman, Donna Peach, Rinske Bijl & Marlies Pilon, and Frederike Ambagtsheer.
2.55 PM Break with coffee and tea.
3.10 PM Plenary lecture II by Julia Batho.
4.00 PM Masterclass Round II by Nadine Vaes, Rob Kelder, Simon Beijer and Wendeline Flores.
4.50 PM Plenary discussion led by the moderator
5.30 PM Drinks with one free consumption
Registration for this conference has closed.
The theme of this year’s Dies Natalis Conference is Modern Slavery in Europe. The Dies Natalis Conference is a yearly event the SIB organises to celebrate its birthday. Every year the conference has a different subject, concerned with human rights.
This year the event will take place on the 29th of November at the Heerenhuis (Spilsluizen 9) and will cost €5,-.
This will be a full day (12:30-18:00) of plenary lectures, masterclasses and a final discussion.
If you cannot attend the conference after you signed up, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating the reason of signing out. If this is done before the 25th of November, your costs will be reimbursed. After that, it is up to the Treasurer to decide whether or not the costs can be reimbursed. Please do this, because someone else might be able to take your spot.