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Climate Action and Modern Slavery

Climate Action









Action to limit climate change is one of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.   We all now understand the need to act to ensure a safer future for our children and grandchildren.  Woking, like many other other towns, has declared a climate emergency.

For all these reasons, Woking Soroptimists have set up a Climate Action group to lead our community service in this area.

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Modern Slavery

Dr Julia Tomas, Anti Slavery Co-ordinator at The Passage to the SI Woking Modern Slavery (MDS) Working Group and SI Woking & District members on 10th May 2022. Our conclusion: The figures are gruesome and the stories behind them harrowing.   And we only hear of some of the cases – who knows how many more terrible experiences remain to be uncovered?.








Someone is in slavery if they are:

  • forced to work through mental or physical threat
  • owned or controlled by an ’employer’, usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse
  • dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’
  • physically constrained or have restrictions placed on his/her freedom

The following definitions are encompassed within the term ‘modern slavery’ for the purposes of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

These are:

  • ‘slavery’ is where ownership is exercised over a person
  • ‘servitude’ involves the obligation to provide services imposed by coercion
  • ‘forced or compulsory labour’ involves work or service extracted from any person under the menace of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself voluntarily
  • ‘human trafficking’ concerns arranging or facilitating the travel of another with a view to exploiting them.

Woking Soroptimists have set up a Modern Slavery group to lead our community service in this area.