The event at Hull City Hall was hosted by the University of Hull Vice-Chancellor Professor Susan Lea and the guest speaker was the Rt. Hon. Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
The evening emphasised that post-slavery empowerment brings joy and freedom. But there is more to do, with over 40 million people believed to be subject to modern slavery conditions, including child marriage. The Hull based Wilberforce Institute is a world leader in the study of slavery and emancipation and as a part of the ceremony the first Wilberforce Medal was presented to the ex-president of Ghana by Lord Prescott to acknowledge over 10 years of commitment to abolishing slavery in Africa.
It is hoped to make the award and conference to discuss these difficult issues an annual event to enable participants to share best practice across the globe. It is clear that Wilberforce has left a lasting legacy that is still impacting positively on many people lives across the globe.