From ‘Project Fame’ to 50 for Freedom advocate

August 23, 2016

The story of migrant domestic worker and forced labour victim, Thandi, strikes a chord with singer and actress, Lindiwe Bungane.


When Zambian singer and actress, Lindiwe Bungane, heard about the ILO’s 50 for Freedom campaign against modern slavery, she knew at once that she wanted to give it her support.
Bungane, first ever winner of the pan-African reality talent show, ‘Project Fame’, immediately sympathised with some of the stories she read about forced labour, particularly the story of domestic worker, ‘Thandi’, which she voiced in a video for the campaign.

‘A lot of women are affected by these issues and are used in the same way that Thandi was used. So it’s important that the story gets out,’ she said.

Bungane also urged people to sign up to show their support.

The aim of the 50 for Freedom campaign is to raise awareness about modern slavery and to encourage governments around the world to ratify an international treaty – the Forced Labour Protocol – which requires them to take new measures tackling forced labour in all its forms.

A regional launch of the campaign took place in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, in November 2015, at a two-day conference attended by Zambian president, Edgar Lungu, as well as government, employer and worker representatives from 11 southern African countries.

Bungane performed at the conference – her first engagement to advocate for the 50 for Freedom campaign.

Her video, voicing Thandi’s story, is being released on 23rd August to mark the International Day of the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Abolition.