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UN themes 2020 International Day for Slave Trade, Abolition


Although decades have past since various colonists left the shores of African countries they held colonies, memories and pains inflicted lingers.

A day was set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO; to remind people of the level of agony and pain inflicted on Africans during the colonial era which existed in the 16th and 19th century.

August 23 has since been set aside as the International day for the remembrance of Slave Trade and its Aboliton. The date is significant because, during the night of August 22 to August 23, 1791, on the island of Saint Domingue (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which set forth events which were a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.


For 2020 celebration, the theme is “Confronting Slavery’s Legacy of Racism Together”. The theme underscores the reality and effects of transatlantic slave trade and racism which has continued to divide societies across the globe and hamper advancement towards a world that respects human rights and enables sustainable development for all.

Each year the United Nation (UN) invites people all over the world to organize events that centres on the theme of the day.

Educators, musicians, artists, theatre companies and cultural organizations express their feelings against slavery through perfomances like music, drama, poetry and dance.

In 2001 Mulhouse Textile Museum in France participated in the form of a workshop for fabrics called “Indiennes de Traite” (a type of calico) which served as currency for the exchange of slaves in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


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