Grace Forrest

Country representing

Australia

Languages

English

Education

  • Notre Dame University, University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science & International Relations and Social Justice. Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communications

Current organisation

Walk Free Foundation

Current role

Co-founder / Director

Skills and Expertise

Women’s rights

Areas of interest

Peace and Conflict

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

The Walk Free Foundation was founded in 2011 as an international human rights group with an objective to end slavery, in all its forms, in our life time. We are passionate about slavery because it violates the most fundamental principles of humanity - basic freedom, basic choice and human dignity. I was drawn to the issue through personally learning how it disproportionately affects the worlds most vulnerable people. From being imbedded in our global economy, to 71% of victims being women and girls, it is unacceptable that despite being illegal in every country in the world, there are more slaves today than any other time in human history. I am engaged on policy change, business leadership, activism, measurement, interfaith dialogue against slavery and womens rights as apart of the Walk Free strategy and impacy

Actions

The Walk Free Foundations mission is to tackle slavery, and the systems which allow slavery to occur, through an integrated strategy of systems change. We work to address the slavery where it occurs on the ground, as well as addressing key “pull” factors for its continuation. We do this through the various branches of Walk Free Foundation, as well as through initiatives we have co-founded with other leaders in the anti-slavery space (such as the Freedom Fund) Our core pillars are; 1. Measurement of slavery, knowing that without measuring a problem you cannot manage it. https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/ These figures are derived from the global estimates which were co-created by Walk Free Foundation, the International Labour Organisation and the International Organisation for Migration, and are now accepted globally by governments and institutions. 2. The Global Freedom Network (global and national religious leadership against slavery) https://www.globalfreedomnetwork.org/impact/ Bringing together the worlds religious leaders to ensure slavery is not justified in any religion, and empowering religious leadership and authority around slavery (we have done follow up events on a national scale in Australia, India, Indonesia and Argentina) 3. Business leadership and policy change https://www.baliprocess.net/bali-process-government-and-business-forum/ (To ensure business becomes a force for good within the global economy, and puts pressure on their governments to provide a basic legislative standard for supply chains to protect against slavery). We have worked with the Australian Government and other anti-slavery leaders to see the 2018 Modern Slavery Act enacted. 4. Activism and community empowerment against slavery https://www.freedomunited.org/ 5. On ground intervention and grass roots change; The Freedom Fund https://freedomfund.org/impact/overview/ We have sustainably liberated over 16 thousand people liberated from slavery since 2013.