TRIBE International Women’s Day Panel

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th 2021, we welcomed a panel of four inspirational women to explore how they’ve challenged themselves in the fight against modern slavery. 

We discussed what’s motivated them to take a stand against slavery and help empower the survivors. We also listened to some of the incredible stories of the female survivors we are supporting alongside our project partners*.

The event formed part of the TRIBE #ChooseToChallenge Campaign, mobilising the TRIBE community to take on their own challenge for International Women’s Day, alongside our project partners, HERA, Ella’s, The Helen Bamber Foundation and Justice & Care.

Listen to the Podcast

This podcast was recorded on the 8th March 2021. *Where survivor names are used, please assume these have been changed.


Our Panel

Julia Strachan, World Record Atlantic rower and Head of Partnerships at Justice & Care, one of our new project partners. Julia joined Justice & Care following a 12-year career at Sky Sports News and has seen firsthand the power of sport to bring freedom and justice.

Emily Chalke, Ella’s Co-Director and Founder. Ella’s is one of the longest-standing TRIBE Freedom Foundation charity partners. They provide outstanding long-term support for female survivors in London.

Jodie Gauld, TRIBE Ambassador and Run for Love Legend. Jodie was part of the TRIBE Run for Love team in 2017 and 2019. In 2019, she also completed an epic expedition, running 400 km from the border of Afghanistan to the border of China.

Kate Battersby, Runderwear Ambassador and Adventurer. Kate has joined the TRIBE team to help inspire others to take a stand for survivors of modern slavery. Kate is taking on an awesome Three Peaks Elevation Challenge, aiming to run a total ascent of 3,408m in 1 week.

Chair: Laragh O’Malley, TRIBE Freedom Foundation Grants & Community Manager.

TRIBE Freedom Foundation is a charity on a mission to fight modern slavery and end human trafficking. We work by raising awareness of trafficking, supporting survivors and enabling frontline projects to prevent modern slavery. We empower communities to create an impact. Together, we go further and faster to end modern slavery.

 For more information about the organisations and stories mentioned in the podcast please see below:

TRIBE Hike for Freedom

A structured six-month programme of fitness and outdoor activities helping survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking to improve their well-being and regain their freedom through fitness and nature. By working with multiple project partners, the project also aims to increase cross-charity collaboration to enhance wider long term support for survivors of modern slavery. Watch the video here.


“We do everything we can to ensure survivors of trafficking and exploitation have all they need to recover and build lives that are safe and free.” You can learn more about Ella’s via their website (here). Plus, read the stories of Halimot (here) and listen to Claire’s story on the Justice & Coffee Website (Part 1 & Part 2).

Justice & Care

We are supporting the Justice & Care Victim Navigator Programme, empowering survivors of modern slavery to access the support they need and provide evidence against their traffickers. Learn more about the Victim Navigator Programme here.

Row for Freedom

Listen to Julia’s TEDx Talk Row for Freedom, and hear the full story of how she was inspired by Alejandra, a survivor she met before embarking on her 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean.

To get help, report a suspicion or seek advice about modern slavery you can contact the Modern Slavery Helpline at 08000 121 700 /