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‘Grassroots Interventions’ Prove Effective at Shrinking Supply-Chain Slavery in India – Sourcing Journal

October 7, 2019 / In the news, Media The Freedom Fund / @freedom_fund

The Sourcing Journal did an in-depth piece about the Freedom Fund’s report, Unlocking what works: How community-based interventions are ending bonded labour in Indiawhich summarises the results of five evaluations of our India programs.

These evaluations found that the Freedom Fund’s labour interventions stop abuses, protect workers and change structural conditions to keep families out of bonded labour in northern and southern India.

“While the global garment industry is rife with tales of forced labor, human trafficking and sexual exploitation, one human-rights nonprofit says it has found a way forward. The key is expanding grassroots initiatives, according to the Freedom Fund, a London-based organization that recently concluded a pair of five-year trials to “address the systemic causes” of exploitation, one human-rights nonprofit says it has found a way forward.

“The key is expanding grassroots initiatives, according to the Freedom Fund, a London-based organization that recently concluded a pair of five-year trials to “address the systemic causes” of bonded and forced labor, including one in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where the cotton spinning industry employs hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers—mostly young women and girls from lower-caste communities—to produce goods for the domestic and international markets.”

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