This month, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing on 23rd August in commemorating UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The day is one of the events coordinated by the Slave Route Project, also administered by UNESCO, which, for the last 21 years, has sought to break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery across the world, and to highlight the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history.
The importance of the Slave Route Project and of the remembrance day of 23rd August lie in their continuing promotion of cultural pluralism, and the promotion of human rights and intercultural dialogue. Unfortunately, the abolition of the slave trade did not put a definitive end to slavery or the exploitation of workers—according to the International Labour Organisation, around 21 million men, women and children around the world are still kept in a form of slavery.
UNESCO designated 23rd August to be the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition as an answer to the growing interest to and expectations generated by the launch of the Slave Route Project in 1994.
The date symbolises the fact that slaves were the principle instigators of their freedom, as the insurrection that occurred in Saint-Domingue during the night of 22nd August 1791 irremediably affected the slavery system, played a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, and eventually led to the creation of the Republic of Haiti.
The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is not only a commemoration of past events, but also provides an opportunity to develop international solidarity and to promote tolerance and human rights by mobilising UNESCO member states, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations.
To mark the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on three of our related titles on slaves and slavery, particularly in relation to the modern era. To find out more about each title, please click on the image.
To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SLAVERY15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2015.
To find out more about the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, and other commemorative days organised by the Slave Route Project, please click here.