In Indonesia alone, 736,100 people are living in some conditions of slavery. Some of the most common forms of slavery include human trafficking, migrant labour exploitation and forced labour. According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, forced labour was most common in the farming, fishing and construction sector.

On 14 March 2017, seven religious leaders who represent all religions constitutionally admitted in Indonesia; Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism gathered and expressed their commitment to stand united against modern slavery in an event hosted by the Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, at the Vice Presidential Palace, Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta. During the Ceremonial Act, Vice President Jusuf Kalla explained what this declaration meant for the Indonesian people and the importance of the Indonesian government to lead in the global fight on modern slavery.

The event also saw a launch of the Global Freedom Network in Indonesia, with singer and youth leader Maudy Ayunda appointed as an Ambassador for the Network. As one of the most well-known celebrities in Indonesia today, Maudy’s involvement will carry the message to younger generations. When asked about modern slavery, Ms Ayunda said: “…this issue is highly urgent, it doesn’t earn much attention and still need to be brought to the surface, especially among the younger generation.”

This event was jointly organized by Paramadina University and Walk Free Foundation.