June 12th is World Day Against Child Labor and there will observances all over the world. It’s a day when the focus of the global community is on the 215 million children who have to work to survive. It’s a moment when we all recommit to the basic needs of poor children for food, healthcare, [...]
This week at Media Voices, we have a trailer for a film that reminds us that poor children have a right not just to education, but to quality in their education. Daniela Kon’s film, Talibe, exposes a persistent issue with some Islamic boarding schools in Senegal, where teachers treat their students as cash cows, requiring [...]
This 114-page Human Rights Watch report documents the system of exploitation and abuse in which at least 50,000 boys known as talibés – the vast majority under age 12 and many as young as four – are forced to beg on Senegal’s streets for long hours, seven days a week, by often brutally abusive teachers, known as marabouts. The report says that the boys often suffer extreme abuse, neglect, and exploitation by the teachers. It is based on interviews with 175 current and former talibés, as well as some 120 other people, including marabouts, families who sent their children to these schools, Islamic scholars, government officials, and humanitarian officials.
” 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.
To reach Kimana from Nairobi, you essentially drive southeast towards Mombasa, the country’s second largest city and only port. This is perhaps the worst road I’ve ever traveled, with thousands of trucks carrying all manner of goods including most of the Libyan oil Kenya relies upon for its rapidly growing economy. The highway is a [...]
At first glance, the schoolyard seems completely normal. The sounds of children laughing is mixed with the yelling that accompanies the older boys’ football game. As I filmed, I was mobbed by smiling faces and repeatedly asked,”How are you”?
This report from The Children’s Defense Fund summarizes the welfare of children in the U.S. as of 2011.
This week at Media Voices we draw your attention to an extraordinary documentary, The Naked Option, which tells the inspiring story of a grassroots group of women in the Niger delta who fight the oil giants, Shell and Chevron, using the threat of going naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, to make their voices [...]
This Week at Media Voices we celebrate hope in several guises. Fashion photographer Rick Guidotti had already established a name for himself in the beauty industry when a chance encounter at a New York City bus stop altered the course of his life and led to the creation of Positive Exposure. You can read Rick’s account [...]
I have been searching for a way to describe Inderjit Khurana, a life-long advocate for some of the poorest children in the world, who died this week in India, leaving as her legacy the on-going work of the Ruchika Foundation as an object lesson in the spirit and power of selflessness.
Premiering at the United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford University on Saturday, October 30th at 8:30pm in the Annenberg Auditorium
Setting out to make a film about street children across the globe, the filmmakers are hijacked by a filthy 13-year-old boy on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. Belligerently stoned on shoe glue, Emmanuel grabs us. “I want to go to school right now!”. He is hungry. He tells of the death of his mother, his horrific life in Kibera, Nairobi’s most notorious slum, his escape to the streets. Undocumented, a nobody, he stinks, eats garbage, is raped “by the big boys,” is “swept” off the streets by police and sent to adult jail cells. Who will notice if this kid’s life is snuffed out? And ironically, his name, Emmanuel, means “God among us.”
After going to film in the slums and countryside to find the roots of why kids are pouring into the streets to raise themselves, we are haunted by Emmanuel. We find a grown man, “Bravo,” who raised himself on the street and he tells us, “It is hunger!” We take hidden cameras into clubs where little girls are selling their bodies “for a piece of chicken.” We visit a remarkable home where Mama Zipporah and her husband Isaac have taken in 150 abandoned children as their own, living on faith to feed the kids. We search for solutions, but are still haunted by Emmanuel. And when we return to Nairobi, he is nowhere to be found. Street boys tell us “he stole a TV. He is on the run.”
A search, a rescue, a home, a school . . . all follow, with unexpected results. Emmanuel is taken to a hospital to “dry out” from the glue he sniffs to “keep away the hunger.” He is cleaned (no small task.) He is clothed. He is taken to school. He walks into his dream . . . and yet the dream takes a turn . . . heartbreaking and yet, somehow, hopeful.
Why are 100 million children living on the streets of the world? Emmanuel’s story can teach us all.
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 [...]
Unfortunately, child labour has been allowed to slip away a little bit from the priorities of the international agenda for development. There was a very strong movement on child labour in the immediate aftermath of the adoption of ILO Convention 182 back in 1999 and of course our own Global March to raise awareness.
An IRIN Films video in the Kids in the City series exploring South Africa’s efforts to educate very young children in the townships on how to avoid and survive rape.
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 [...]
This week at Media Voices we welcome a new contributor, Marti Wilson-Taylor, the Chief Administrator of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund USA. In her Viewpoint, The Beat of Child’s Heart, she relates the excitement of a country that is preparing to welcome the world to Africa’s first World Cup, to be held in June. Beyond [...]
From a very early age, my life has been focused on children, wanting to nurture their growth and development, observe their interactions with the world and be a part of the change they bring. As a teenager, I remember being asked what I wanted to do and my answer came spontaneously – work for social [...]
This week at Media Voices we’re pleased to post a new photo essay by Stephen Shames, Outside the Dream: Child Poverty in America. First published in 1991 in association with the Children’s Defense Fund, these photographs are as timely today as they were when they were taken. Today, one child in six is poor, one [...]
When I first looked at Kate Orne’s photos of the women who work in brothels in Pakistan, I felt like I was entering a forbidden world. Kate is the first Western photographer ever permitted to enter and capture the lives of generations of poor women who sell themselves to survive. In this predominantly Muslim country, [...]
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened the expert seminar “Eliminating Child Labour through Education: the role of bilateral donors” on 5 November 2009 in The Hague.
The main discussion topic of the seminar was the (potential) role of bilateral donors in the elimination of child labour through the mainstreaming of child labour in education policies.
This week at Media Voices we present the insights of Dr. Sheryl Brissett-Chapman, the Executive Director of the National Center for Children and Families as our featured interview in Speak Up for Children.
When I sat down with a government official in Nairobi who was head of the department of children’s services in Kenya, I was surprised by what I heard. I was expecting praise for wanting to build an orphanage to house orphaned children who had been evicted from the private children’s home called St. Francis Integrated [...]
This report from the World Food Programme surveys 2009 research findings for expanding and improving school feeding programs.
This short film from the United Nations describes the 8 time-based Millennium Development Goals.