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Convention 182
Chump Change and Smoke

I’ve just attended the Global March Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture in Washington DC.The room was filled with people committed to ridding the world of products made by child labor labor. They have their work cut out for them.

© U.R. Romano
World Day Against Child Labor 2012 – An Appraisal

” For 215 million children, this day should be every day” (U.R. Romano) This week at Media Voices, we turn to friends, mentors and colleagues to share their views on progress and setbacks in the global campaign to end the worst forms of child labor.

© U. Roberto Romano
Ten Years On

This Week at Media Voices we look back on ten years of work by the global child labor movement with a special installment of our interview series, Speak Up for Children – Kailash Satyarthi. In addition, Kailash has co-authored with Nick Grisewood, Executive Director of the Global March to End Child Labor, a Viewpoint assessment [...]

Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi: Ending the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Born in 1954 in Vidisha, India, Kailash worked to help under-privileged students from a very early age. He is the founder of the Global March Against Child Labour, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS), and the world’s first child labour-free social labelling system, RUGMARK.
Kailash leads raid and rescue missions despite several attacks on his life. He and his colleagues at BBA have liberated over 76,129 bonded and child labourers and helped rehabilitate and provide education to tens of thousands of children.

This interview discussing the promise of Education for All was shot in 2000.

For a transcript of this interview, click here

U.R. Romano
Who will be Next?

In the Ivory Coast, the cocoa sector has long been known to be one of the most corrupt and abusive in the global commodities market. Controlled by the government, a small coterie close to the presidency and a handful of multinational corporations, the industry has long been dogged by charges of slavery, the worst forms [...]

© David L. Parker
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

This week at Media Voices we present a photo essay on child labor by David Parker along with his companion Viewpoint describing the working conditions and nature of the child labor he’s been photographing since 1992. Looking at his stunning images of children laboring in brick yards, I’m reminded of how much remains to be [...]

© David L. Parker
Child Labor through a Photographer’s Lens

Communities of the world have united around many health problems over the last 50 years – we have eliminated smallpox, and sit on the verge of eliminating polio. And yet greater unity has been inadequate to surmount other public health problems, like hunger, various forms of malnutrition, child labor, and environmental degradation. Landmines continue to [...]

© Landelijke India Werkgroep
Raising the Bar – The US State Department Reports on Trafficking

This week at Media Voices we focus on human trafficking with the publication of the U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2010 and Childhood Lost, a video about an often overlooked type of trafficking, transporting children within a country to exploit them rather than across national borders. Also this week, we welcome Bama [...]

© U.R. Romano
Some Thoughts on World Day Against Child Labor 2010

This week at Media Voices we join the world community in observance of World Day Against Child Labor, June 12th. With three decades of service at The International Labour Organization, Armand Pereira is uniquely qualified to provide an overview of the road traveled and the challenges ahead, if we are to meaningfully help working children, [...]

Child Labor Briefing
United States Policies to Addresss Child Labor Globally

American Federation of Teachers and International Labor Rights Forum briefing paper on U.S. policies and compliance with Convention 182

Roadmap for Achieving the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016

The full text of the Roadmap generated by the Global Child Labour Conference in The Hague May 10th and 11th 2010.

© U.R. Romano
Running out of patience with the 2016 child labor eradication target

The ILO’s 2010 global report on child labor – launched and discussed at the Global Child Labor Conference held at the Hague in May 2010 – is little more than a reminder that child labor eradication efforts have slackened globally: It estimated a 3% reduction in child labor over 2004-08 compared with 11 % in [...]

© U.R. Romano
Breaking Rocks – Child labor in Mines and Quarries

Child labor is the primary focus this week at Media Voices. In March, we posted ¿Soy Niño?, graphic footage of children working in the mining sector in the mountains of Peru. Now the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, IRIN, has produced a film about children working in quarries in Sierra Leone, “Breaking [...]

matter of urgency
A Matter of Urgency: US Compliance with ILO Convention No. 182

This ILRF report evaluates US compliance with International Labor Organization Convention 182 which focuses on eliminating the worst forms of child labor. The report demonstrates that the US is not meeting its obligations under the Convention and that urgent action is need to protect child laborers in the US and bring the US into compliance with the Convention.

© U.R. Romano
Challenges towards Eliminating Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016

ANPPCAN has been involved in child labour in Africa for more than 15 years and I would like to share some views from her experience and that of some other NGOs. The reality is that Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa is still generating the biggest numbers of children into the worst forms of child labour (WFCL). [...]

Piet Hein Donner - Dutch Minister for Social Affairs & Employment
In For the Long Haul – Bringing an End to Child Labor

I have just returned from the Global Child Labour Conference 2010 where a Roadmap for Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour was unanimously adopted. Representatives of organizations and governments came from all over the world to learn from one another and re-charge the campaign to end one of the greatest moral blights of our [...]

Global Challenges to Child Labor

There has been some progress in raising public awareness about child labor and improving the normative and policy framework for protection of children, including risks of trafficking and forced labor. Yet, even the most intolerable forms of abuse seem to have grown (or become more evident) in some areas of the world.

Close up of dangerous shears used by children as young as 9 years old. photo©Robin Romano
It’s Time to Do the Right Thing and End the Worst Form of U.S. Child Labor

Most people don’t associate egregious forms of child labor with the United States. People tend to think that U.S. child labor laws have successfully done away with the worst forms of child labor. But there is a dirty little secret that not many Americas know: young children harvest fruits and vegetables on many of our [...]

Summary- Child Soldiers- 2008 Global Reports

The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers was formed in May 1998 by leading nongovernmental organizations to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers, both boys and girls, to secure their demobilization, and to promote their reintegration into their communities. The last Global Report was published by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers (Coalition) in November 2004; since then the movement to end the use of child soldiers has seen continued progress towards a universal consensus against their use in hostilities. However, this downward trend is more the result of conflicts ending than the impact of initiatives to end child soldier recruitment and use.

Uzbek cotton protest
The Tip of the Iceberg- Stopping Child Labor in Uzbek Cotton Fields

Yesterday,  an important event occurred  in Washington, D.C. at midday in front of the Embassy of Uzbekistan. The purpose was to rally and picket to end the use of forced child labor in picking cotton in Uzbek fields. Remarkably, the use of  millions of children as a pool of forced laborers has been official Uzbek [...]

Gem Slaves

Mererani in northern Tanzania is the only place on earth where the precious stone tanzanite is mined. Every day thousands of children risk their lives in poorly constructed mine shafts for barely a meal a day. Despite efforts to curb this deadly practice, the global thirst for tanzanite continues to drive these children underground.

For Gem Slaves, Part 2 – click here

Gem Slaves – Part 2

Mererani in northern Tanzania is the only place on earth where the precious stone tanzanite is mined. Every day thousands of children risk their lives in poorly constructed mine shafts for barely a meal a day. Despite efforts to curb this deadly practice, the global thirst for tanzanite continues to drive these children underground.

Leaving the Fields

This is an excerpt from the documentary feature, STOLEN CHILDHOODS, that deals with child labor in the onion fields of Texas. Most Americans are unaware of the fact that our food is often picked by children who are exposed to the hazards of pesticide poisoning, injury and exhausting work without limit. There is presently no federal law protecting children who work in American agriculture. This is a blatant violation of United Nations Resolution 182- which the U.S. has signed. Look at this segment to understand what it means to have your education disrupted, to leave on short notice to work and help your family make ends meet. Yes, we have child labor in America.

Childhood Lost

These are the testimonies of young women who took their chances in the city, rather than remain at home doing domestic labor. Many of these stories are typical of internal trafficking, where a young woman or man is promised a job or a chance to go to school, only to discover that they have to support themselves by selling their bodies in clubs or on the street.