This calls for a celebration! An anti-slavery awareness video not only about men…but about fathers! Seriously. This just happened.
The anti-slavery movement is notorious for excluding men as victim/survivor. Some graduate schools have only one course on the subject and it’s often titled something like “The Human Trafficking of Women & Children.” Major NGOs run million dollar campaigns that talk only about women and children, and women are nearly always the victim in movies. Even the UN excluded men and boys from their human trafficking definition. So there’s that.
Needless to say, when a friend forwarded me this video for Anti-Slavery Day I thought to myself, Oh man, here we go with the same old…
…and then BOOM! There’s a father – a man! What in the world? My goodness, this whole video is about what happens to so many men around the world. Bravo!
I thought of the human trafficking shelter I visited in Bangladesh, how I asked the staff member, “So, is it mostly women housed here?” And how her response – “Actually, it’s all men, all twelve beds.” – blew my mind. And how this mind-blowing experience eventually became the norm as I visited various shelters in Thailand and Cambodia, as I spoke with the true gurus in the anti-slavery sector.
So here you go. Crack open a beer, kick back in your chair or do whatever fits the bill. Let’s cherish this one. The Father’s Edition of Anti-Slavery Day 2013: