Who We AreAt End Slavery international we are heading towards a world with zero slavery. Knowing that it is a big aim and a big task but no doubt that together we shall make it happen.
Our specialist care is the first step in the fight against any form of slavery. Through supporting survivors, our provision gives them a safe place to recover from trauma and gives them confidence and self-esteem to rebuild their lives.
Our policies are researched thoroughly, enabling us to identify the key issues surrounding slavery and exploitation, and equipping ourselves and others with effective, targeted solutions.
We are aware of the importance of influencing the policies and systems that keep slavery hidden. Tackling issues such as labour export, supply, and demand are a very important key in our journey towards ending slavery.
We work in partnership with communities, businesses, governments and other organisations so that we can eradicate slavery in all angles.
Our core value is to give back self-esteem and confidence to the victims of Human trafficking and modern-day slavery, through raising awareness, victim support and protection, training and empowering local organizations, advocacy and other related support. ESI is also a member of the BAME UK( Black, Asian and minority ethnic ) anti slavery network
Emertha speaking to Welsh Health Minister Vaughn Gethin ( inset picture )
Emertha UwanyirigiraEmertha Uwanyirigira is the founder of ESI, Emertha lives in the United Kingdom but she is originally from Rwanda in East Africa, being originally from the great lake region and having lived and worked in East Africa, she is conversant with the nature of crimes against humanity occasioned by wars, conflicts, issues affecting governance in the region. She possesses a Masters of Science degree in Global Governance with 17 years of experience working in community development projects, mostly by working with refugees, victims of 1994 genocide, civil war, refugees, Victims of Human trafficking and Domestic violence victims. Emertha has strong communication skills and is fluent in eight languages, French, English, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Dutch, Kirundi and kiganda.
Emertha was fortunate enough to get funding from the Welsh Government to fund a research visit to Uganda and Kenya for four weeks in June and July 2019. She chose Uganda and Kenya because those two countries are highly ranked among other African countries with Human trafficking and Modern slavery cases, above all she is familiar know the culture and languages spoken in those two countries. This experience gave her a real insight into the grim reality of what women and children face in these countries, and how easy it is for traffickers to access and transport vulnerable people.
Women from the entire region are promised a better life and pleasant work in shops, but the reality is that they end up in sex work. Desperate families sell their children for money, they can’t survive without it. The traffickers promise them a better life for these children, but many end up in a nearby city or town and must beg on the streets, others end up in the sex trade at an early age. Meeting victims firsthand was heart breaking. Following her meetings with some people in power in these countries, she became aware that they were unaware of the severity of the situation. It’s hard to believe that they truly think human trafficking is not happening, but it is. This visit made her even more determined to make a difference in the region and across the globe.
Emertha has set up an UK based organisation to raise awareness of the severity of modern slavery and human trafficking. She believes that raising awareness and influencing those in power is vital to influence change. she also believes that the vulnerable and those in poverty need to be educated to realise how they and their children can easily end up as victims of slavery and human trafficking. However, this difference cannot be made in isolation, and that is why everyone’s support and contribution is vital.
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Our specialist care is the first step in the fight against any form of slavery. Through supporting survivors, our provision gives them a safe place to recover from trauma and give them confidence and self-esteem to rebuild their lives. There is also an awareness campaign starting in the summer of 2020. The campaign is aimed to ensure that women and girls in Karamoja are protected from falling into the hands of traffickers