Global Governance students join Walk for Freedom


MSc Global Governance students recently participated in the Walk for Freedom, Newport as part of an extra-curricular activity.

The Walk for Freedom is a part of a global movement raising awareness about human trafficking and modern day slavery.  MSc Global Governance students participated alongside 200 walks across 28 countries.

Students decided to take part as they have been encouraged to reflect on areas of their curriculum and to consider causes that they may wish to support as a cohort. They were required to wear black and walk in single file through Newport with tape over their mouths to represent the victims who have no voice. 

Some of the students were greeted by Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths (Gwent Police) and Stephen Chapman (Welsh Government Anti-Slavery Coordinator).  Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths leads Operation Imperial, which is the largest modern day slavery inquiry of its kind in the UK. He will be delivering a Masterclass for the MSc Global Governance students in December.

Speaking about how the Walk for Freedom feeds into the MSc Global Governance course Dr Bela Arora said: “The students have been exploring the themes of human trafficking, forced labour and modern day slavery in class and were keen to take a stand by highlighting the plight of the 27 million voiceless victims of modern day slavery across the globe.

The focus on human trafficking in the curriculum reinforces the University’s commitment to the United Nations Global Compact.  The University of South Wales is the first and only, higher education institution in Wales to become signatory of the global sustainable development initiative.”

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