July 2021: Ishaan was invited to deliver the Closing Address as a keynote speaker at the inaugural UK United Nations Youth Summit 2021. The flagship Summit was a national networking and collaboration event, bringing together the greatest minds in UK diplomacy and international politics. Over thirty UK-based UN youth organisations from across the United Kingdom were invited to attend. Ishaan spoke about the urgent need to tackle modern slavery at an international level. He also spoke about his work with the United Nations, his journey as a youth activist and how important meaningful youth inclusion is moving forward.
July 2021: Ishaan was invited to become a United Nations Women National Gender Youth Activist. National Gender Youth Activists are selected to represent youth of their countries at the global arena throughout the United Nation’s Generation Equality journey. They become part of a global network and community of activists who are meaningfully driving action around advancing gender equality.
July 2021: Stolen Dreams UK featured in the first print edition of the Barnet Post, calling on local, national and international governments to take co-ordinated action to end modern slavery in all its forms.
July 2021: Stolen Dreams UK actively participated in the Generation Equality Forum Paris convened by UN Women and the Government of France. Stolen Dreams UK also became an official, approved Commitment Maker.
July 2021: Stolen Dreams UK was invited to join a high-level NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) dialogue with Member States and Delegations about tackling modern slavery and human trafficking. Stolen Dreams UK was representing global youth within this movement.
June 2021: Ishaan was invited to speak at a Purpose Awareness Session to a group of working-adults who were looking to find their purpose. He spoke about how he found his purpose, including his journey, and the crucial life lessons he had learnt.
June 2021: Stolen Dreams UK led and co-wrote the Youth Against Slavery Manifesto. This Manifesto contains youth demands to governments and the private sectors, providing them with concrete, tangible and effective steps that they can take to help end modern slavery. The Manifesto was drafted, open for youth consultations, published in June 2021 and the demands will be passed on to stakeholders.
June 2021: Stolen Dreams UK attended a two-day conference about ‘Addressing Human Trafficking and All Forms of Sexual Exploitation: Emerging Trends and Long-Term Strategies’, organised by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
June 2021: Stolen Dreams UK participated in the Youth4YOUth2Act Summit, co-organised by UN Women National Gender Youth Activists. This was a three-day event for upcoming or new youth activists to learn more about activism. The Summit included sessions around what activism is, how youth can get involved, self-care tips, how to get started, Q+A sessions and much more.
June 2021: Stolen Dreams UK attended a Glitch Digital Training course around tackling online safety, commercial and online/technology-facilitated exploitation.
June 2021: Ishaan co-organised the Generation Equality: Young Feminist Unconference with UN Women’s Generation Equality Youth Task Force and National Gender Youth Activists. The Unconference brought together over 1,500 youth from around the world, providing them with a platform to influence the outcomes of the Generation Equality Forum. This Unconference was organised as a result of youth being excluded and dismissed from meaningful inclusion in decision making spaces. Ishaan presented the youth demands for Action Coalition Economic Justice and Rights to the UN Women’s Executive Director, Director of Civil Society and other high-level officials.
June 2021: Stolen Dreams UK gave a virtual speech to children aged 7-11 years old about how youth are tackling modern slavery at a United Nations level and how they can be part of the solutions.
May 2021: Ishaan was Youth 7 UK Ambassador to the G7 2021 Summit. Stolen Dreams UK’s recommendations to tackle supply chain child labour, forced labour and human trafficking through government legislation (i.e. mandatory human rights due diligence and accountability) were included in the final Communiqué, which will be passed on to the G7 Member States. To read the full Communiqué and sign it, click here.
April 2021: Stolen Dreams UK participated (virtually) in action discussions at the Untied Nation’s Economic and Social Council Youth Forum 2021.
March 2021: Stolen Dreams UK actively participated (virtually) in the Untied Nation’s Generation Equality Forum 2021 (Mexico City).
March 2021: Ishaan spoke at two Untied Nation’s 65th Commission on the Status of Women events. The first was at a side event with Mentor USA about tackling modern slavery through prevention, protection, non-punishment principle, prosecution and partnership. At the second event, an ‘Anti-Human Trafficking Conversation Circle‘ with NGO CSW New York, Ishaan shared his experiences as a youth anti-slavery activists and how young people play a part in ending exploitation in all its forms.
March 2021: Stolen Dreams UK was accepted as a UN Women UK Delegate for the Untied Nation’s 65th Commission on the Status of Women.
March 2021: Stolen Dreams UK partnered with Freedom United in a campaign against organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting. To view the campaign / petition, click here.
January 2021: Stolen Dreams UK was featured in the ‘Human’ Edition of the AwareNow Magazine (by Awareness Ties). Click here to read Ishaan’s feature in full.
January 2021: Stolen Dreams UK was featured by Youth for Positive Change. Their mission is to recognise and celebrate the positive steps young people are taking to make our world a better place.
December 2020: Stolen Dreams UK joins Stop Uyghur Genocide, an organisation that is driving positive action around ensuring the Uyghur population are freed and are given access to basic human rights.
December 2020: Stolen Dreams UK joins the Coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour.
December 2020: Ishaan was elected as a Member of the London Youth Assembly.
November 2020: Ishaan gave a TEDx Talk on the impact that climate change is having on the rates of modern slavery and human trafficking. Click here to watch it!
October 2020: A series of speeches given to students aged 11-16 on the importance of being actively anti-racist. Ishaan’s part of the speech specifically focused on the notion that there is only one race; the human race and the science behind the variations of skin tones across the world.
September/October 2020: A series of speeches given to students aged 16-18 on the racist history of the gender binary and how when tackling global issues, an intersection and all inclusive approach must be taken.
September 2020: Stolen Dreams UK published an article for ‘Real She Power’ on ‘Slavery and All-Inclusive, Intersectional Feminism’. It detailed how important it is to take an intersectional approach when tackling this crime and highlighted that modern slavery is a feminist issue as it disproportionately affects women, girls and the LGBTQIA+ community.
September 2020: Stolen Dreams UK joins Real Food Systems; a non-profit organisation that is calling for action to change our food systems to improve and benefit sustainable planetary and human health. Stolen Dreams will join Real Food Systems in opening dialogues about worker rights and to held end supply chain slavery in the agricultural industry.
August 2020: Stolen Dreams UK was interviewed on the ‘Remotely Interesting Podcast‘ run by Dallas Design Sprints (USA based).
August 2020: Stolen Dreams UK featured in the ‘Escape the Boundaries Podcast‘ which aired on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Anchor. An engaging, informal conversation with hosts Finn and Livy about human rights, mental health, activism and adjusting to COVID-19 regulations as a young person.
August 2020: Stolen Dreams UK featured on the ‘Teenage Take Podcast’ which aired on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Conversing about slavery and human trafficking, focusing on how young people, businesses and governments play huge roles in the fight against this crime.
August 2020: Stolen Dreams UK featured on ‘Saving Jane Fest’ – an event organised by Saving Jane (an anti-slavery organisation in the Untied States) for the launch of their new educational app and programme which raises awareness about human trafficking.
August 2020: Stolen Dreams UK was featured on Unsinkable Youth (a North-American nonprofit organisation) for our work tackling slavery and human trafficking.
August 2020: Stolen Dreams was UK invited to deliver a keynote speech and to participate in a 2-week online event hosted by Teenagers4Change. Ishaan spoke about how slavery, human trafficking and climate change interlink. The 2-week event was designed to allow a group of teenagers to create and implement concepts tackling plastic pollution in our oceans.
July 2020: Ishaan was a keynote speaker and panelist at ‘London Climate Action Week: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Virtual Summit‘ – discussing Global Goal 1: No Poverty and Global Goal 13: Climate Action in relation to modern slavery, human trafficking and the rates of exploitation.
July 2020: Stolen Dreams UK collaborated with Platform Inspires for a YouTube interview with Worldy Wise and four young change makers regarding the Black Lives Matter Movement.
June 2020: Stolen Dreams UK was featured on a Canadian based YouTube series called ‘Mission Empower‘ which talks to young change makers about their activism journey.
June 2020: Stolen Dreams UK featured on the ‘Stories of Us‘ podcast which is a student led initiative in the United States but airs globally.
May 2020: Stolen Dreams UK featured in the British Asian Women’s Magazine Podcast (May Episode).
May 2020: Stolen Dreams UK featured on the Purple Space Podcast series about changemakers.
May 2020: A series written about Stolen Dreams UK for the ‘Young Change Makers’ column in ‘The School Social’ magazine (page 2) which is distributed internationally online.
April 2020: Stolen Dreams UK launched a 7-episode podcast called ‘Hand Gel For Humanity’ on SoundCloud and YouTube. The purpose of this podcast was to simply provide young people company, some inspiration and laughter during the global pandemic.
April 2020: Stolen Dreams UK published a research document in a school-circulated Economics magazine called ‘Equilibrium’ on: ‘The Economics of Supply Chain Slavery in the Fashion Industry’.
April 2020: Stolen Dreams UK participated in the International Justice Mission’s ‘Slave Free Lent’ campaign.
March 2020: Ishaan was invited to speak at the UK Houses of Parliament, to the House of Commons for an International Women’s Day Debate on gender equality and freedom from the constraints of toxic masculinity. He was the youngest speaker of 20 speakers who were all experts in their fields from social media influencers to news personalities and entrepreneurs.
March 2020: Stolen Dreams UK featured in an article on ‘InFocus’ on the topic of sustainability.
March 2020: Stolen Dreams UK gave an interactive assembly to children aged 11-18 on modern slavery and human trafficking.
March 2020: Stolen Dreams UK organised and spoke on a school-wide panel with five other young people from five different faiths with an aim to promote universal religious harmony and tolerance.
February 2020: Stolen Dreams UK delivered a speech to children aged 13-16 on International Red Hand Day about the issue of child soldiers, giving them tangible calls to action.
February 2020: Stolen Dreams UK was invited to be on London Live News for our anti-slavery efforts and winning a Global Youth Award.
February 2020: Stolen Dreams UK delivered a speech to children aged 13-16 on the topic of climate change and the crucial role we as citizens play to help tackle this crisis.
January 2020: Ishaan became an official Ambassador for the TogetherBand campaign for Sustainable Development Goal 8: ‘Sustainable Development and Economic Growth’.
January 2020: Ishaan was featured as a ‘Green Leader’ for my conservation work as a part of Groundwork Youth’s community engagement branch.
December 2019: Stolen Dreams UK was invited to do a performance art piece on modern slavery. We did a creative, interactive piece at the Mall Galleries on ‘Freedom: What Does it Mean to You?’ as a part of a charity fundraising gala for UK Youth.
December 2019: Stolen Dreams UK delivered a speech to 6th Form students (16-18 years old) on climate change and how we as citizens can play a part in tackling this crisis.
November 2019: Stolen Dreams UK delivered a speech to children aged 7-11 on the topic of modern slavery and human trafficking, urging them as young citizens to take action.
November 2019: Stolen Dreams UK delivered a speech to children aged 13-16 on the topic of ‘Role Models’.
November 2019: Stolen Dreams UK delivered a speech to children aged 13-16 on the topic of ‘Gratitude’.
August 2019: Stolen Dreams UK published a research document on anti-slavery policy in the UK published in a school-circulated ‘Law Review’ magazine.
October 2019: Stolen Dreams UK was invited to speak at a Super Sisters event on the topic of ‘Religious Harmony’ to community leaders, politicians, adults and children.
October 2019: Recipient of a Global Youth Award for ‘Empowering Leadership’ and my work on tackling slavery today.
September 2019: Ishaan became an official member of Barnet Youth Assembly and Barnet Youth Board.
September 2019: Stolen Dreams UK delivered a speech to children aged 11-18 on the importance of service to others.
April 2019: Stolen Dreams UK participated in the International Justice Mission’s ‘Slave Free Lent’ campaign.
March 2019: Stolen Dreams UK was invited to take part in Youth Underground’s (an anti-trafficking organisation based in Switzerland) social media campaign about ‘Freedom’.
February 2019: Stolen Dreams UK delivered a speech to children aged 7-11 on the topic of ‘Plastic Pollution’, giving the children information about how this issue affects us but also how we can each play a part in tackling this.
January 2019: Stolen Dreams UK was invited to take part in Youth Underground’s (an anti-trafficking organisation based in Switzerland) annual social media campaign.
November 2018: Ishaan carried out a sponsored 72-hour silence during school time to raise money for Keech Hospice Care. Ishaan managed to raise over £3,000. Thank you to everyone who supported us!
July 2018: Ishaan was the recipient of an ‘Integrity Award’ for his character and social impact work.
April 2018: Stolen Dreams UK delivered a speech to children aged 11-18 on the topic of selflessness and service to others.
March 2018: Stolen Dreams UK was featured on ‘The Trafficking Dispatch’ Podcast which raises awareness about human trafficking to university students in America.
June 2017: Ishaan was the recipient of an Economics Award for the establishment of Stolen Dreams and his work in tackling modern slavery.
March 2017: Stolen Dreams UK delivered a speech to school Governors on importance of mobilising schools to tackle modern slavery.
March 2017: Stolen Dreams UK launched!