A workshop for parliamentarians from across Africa is taking place in Entebbe, Uganda from 4-6 July. The workshop, organised by the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK), aims to build networks to support the development of modern slavery legislation, whilst developing groups of informed and empowered parliamentarians and officials with the confidence and ability to take the lead on legislative reform.

The MPs from Ghana will be joined by parliamentarians from Uganda, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique and Kenya. The workshop will focus specifically on the challenges and opportunities in the Sub-Sahara Africa Region which, according to the Global Slavery Index, has an estimated 6.2 million victims of modern slavery as well as the highest rate of child trafficking in the world.

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During the workshop, individual sessions will look at modern slavery in a sustainable development and economic context; cross-border cooperation to combat human trafficking; transparency in supply chains; and the growing threat of bonded labour and commercial sexual exploitation.

A delegation from the UK will also be attending the workshop, including parliamentarians involved in the passing of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act. Member of the House of Lords, Baroness Young, who will be forming part of this UK delegation to Uganda said ahead of the workshop:

“Modern slavery is a crime that ignores borders and is claiming millions of victims. It is essential therefore that, as parliamentarians, we work together with colleagues from different countries to tackle this issue effectively. The Africa Regional Workshop is a unique opportunity to do just that: to exchange ideas and knowledge in the pursuit of ending this horrific crime.”