Film Screening and Debate on Modern Slavery

To mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN City and UNDP in collaboration with The WHY Foundation set focus on modern slavery – one of today’s gravest violation of human rights. It is estimated that over 40 million people are enslaved in one form or another, and the vast majority are women.

UN City, UNDP and the WHY Foundation invite you to a special screening of the critically acclaimed and thought-provoking film Maid in Hell. A documentary that uncovers the hidden lives of domestic servants trapped in the sponsorship system referred to as Kafala, in the Middle East.

Maid in Hell is one of six documentaries in a series on modern slavery called WHY SLAVERY?, produced by The WHY Foundation and Plus Pictures. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Søren Klovborg, UNDP Nordic representative Camilla Brückner, lawyer and former French Ambassador for Human Rights François Zimeray and Mette Hoffmann Meyer from The WHY.

The event takes place on Monday 10 December from 16.00-18.30 in UN City.


15:30 Arrival and registration

16:00 Screening of trailer on Modern Slavery

16:05 Welcome remarks by Camilla Brückner, Director, UNDP Nordic Office

16:10 Reflections on the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by François Zimeray, lawyer, former French Ambassador for Human Rights

16:25 Short introduction to the film and the series Why Slavery? by Mette Hoffmann Meyer, The WHY Foundation

16:30 Screening of Maid in Hell

17:30 Q&A with film director Søren Klovborg, Camilla Brückner, Francois Zimeray, and Mette Hoffmann Meyer

18:00 Networking

There are a limited amount of seats available for the event, so you have to register here: 

All guests must bring a picture ID (passport or driver’s license) and go through a security check. For more information, please visit: 


For further information: Mette Fjalland, UNDP Nordic Office, mette.fjalland@undp.orgphone: +45 5183-6228