Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

The Cube Movement - campaigning against modern day slavery

Tue Dec 17 13:44:00 GMT 2013

Bath student Jenna Logeais and Philipp Engel, the founder and director of the Cube Movement

— Bath student Jenna Logeais and Philipp Engel, the founder and director of the Cube Movement.

Jenna Logeais, final year BSc Politics with International Relations, is behind the University becoming the first hub outside London to get involved in the Cube Movement – a social media network campaigning against modern day slavery.

Jenna and a team of six other students launched the local initiative at a special event held this week in the Chancellors’ Building where they were joined by Philipp Engel, the founder and director of the project.

The Cube Movement encourages people to buy wooden cubes each with a unique number on it, along with facts about modern slavery. The cube is then registered on the website along with its first location which marks the beginning of its journey. The cube is then passed on to other people on your travels and each time it lands in the hands of someone new they log its location on the website and the cube’s journey is tracked online.

Jenna explained "You can then see how far your cube has travelled across the world as it builds chains of awareness and communication between people about the problems of modern slavery,"

"I really believe in this scheme and I want the University to be able to say we were at the start as it takes off around the world. Our event on campus went really well and the turn-out was very encouraging so I couldn’t be more pleased."

Jenna got involved in the scheme after travelling to the One Young World Summit in South Africa earlier in the year. This annual summit brings together the brightest young people from around the world to share their vision, views and ideas to create practical and achievable commitments for positive change. At this year’s fourth annual Summit 1,300 young future leaders from over 180 countries around the world spoke alongside global figures including Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, Sir Richard Branson and Sir Bob Geldof. Jenna was selected by the University’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences to become the first Bath student to attend the event.

Speaking of the summit Jenna said: "One Young World was a unique opportunity to meet other ambitious young people from around the world, and to discuss and find sustainable and concrete solutions for the most pressing issues the world faces today, such as modern slavery. I felt really inspired so when I returned I thought this was a great initiative and wanted to see if I could create the first hub outside of London."

Find out more on the Cube Movement website or email Jenna.