My Story, My Dignity Pledge

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We rely upon strong stories and eye-catching images when writing about modern slavery. Raising awareness of the issues and the prevalence of modern slavery is essential, but so often, as survivors of slavery tell us, the images and language used to tell these stories do not reflect them accurately or in a dignified way.

Too often we speak on behalf of survivors and sensationalize the experience of modern slavery today. Sensationalist images and language can unintentionally create or reinforce stereotypes or negative prejudices.

You can help change this by adopting the My Story, My Dignity Pledge as an individual or on behalf of an organization, company or institution that publicly shares human trafficking and modern slavery information and cases. By adhering to the pledge, you can help ensure accurate and respectful representations, so that together, we build a movement that supports survivors and motivates action helping bring it to an end.

The My Story, My Dignity Pledge principles:

  1. Choose respectful images that are representative of the issue. Choose stock images carefully.
  2. Select text that accurately represents the story. Be careful to avoid sensationalist language.
  3. Respect survivors’ right to privacy and dignity.
  4. Obtain prior consent to using a personal story, be transparent and accurate about the process and how it will be used.

 

Chip in and help end modern slavery once and for all.

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Rory
Rory

Could you explain how being enslaved could be described without sensationalist language, while still being accurate?

António Manuel dos Santos

O mundo é plural e cada pessoa é digna de respeito e deve respeitar.

Patrick Burger

Given the Greed and Politically Corrupt State of our Planet (SOOP), it should not be a surprise that millions of innocents are trafficked every year. It will not change until we remove the corrupt politicians – in all countries -and get people to represent us properly. Can it be done? I doubt it. But I will fight to see it come about to my dying day. What else to do?

Charlie Browne
Charlie Browne

Perhaps we need to add participatory democracy to our democratic systems; and also modify representative democracy so that decisions allegedly taken on our behalves are subject to our democratically-expressed approval before being implemented? (Could be done online, with dedicated terminals available at libraries for those without tec)
Also time for employees’ democratic control of the workplace to be enshrined in law, especially as many slaves are enslaved through workplace contracts?
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Martin Mair

Corrupt politicans are part of capitalistic economy. We need to change the basics of the economy and need much more democracy in economy and overcome the industrial system of mass consumption which is ruining the whole plante, tjhe only one we now were live exists!

Asish Ganguli
Asish Ganguli

WISH ALL SUCCESS TO FREEDOMUNITED. TO TOTALLY ERADICATE ALL TYPES OF SLAVERY FROM EARTH.

Ana Campello
Ana Campello

Enquanto um ser humano se julgar melhor que outro, e com direito de decidir por ele e escraviza-lo, não haverá paz nem progresso real no mundo. Somos seres humanos singulares e todos nós deveríamos ter direito à liberdade.

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I am committed to helping build a world without human trafficking and modern slavery.

I believe that modern slavery and survivor stories must be presented in a way that is accurate and dignified. Too often we speak on behalf of survivors and sensationalize the experience of modern slavery today.

I will apply the My Story, My Dignity pledge:

  1. Choose respectful images that are representative of the issue. Choose stock images carefully.
  2. Select text that accurately represents the story. Be careful to avoid sensationalist language.
  3. Respect survivors’ right to privacy and dignity.
  4. Obtain prior consent to using a personal story, be transparent and accurate about the process and how it will be used.

I will promote the My Story, My Dignity pledge amongst colleagues and friends.

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