June 12th saw the annual observance of World Day Against Child Labor. When it comes to protecting children’s human rights, progress can seem painfully incremental and slow. But this year, there are many substantial efforts that merit our respect and admiration and get a BRAVO from Media Voices.
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 [...]
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 [...]
For nearly 25 years, The African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) has worked across Africa to uphold and establish the rights of children. One of their most forceful advocates is Wambui Njuguna, the Director of Programmes at ANPPCAN, who shares years of personal and professional experience in her [...]
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 [...]
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.
This is the complete text of ILO Convention 182: Recognizing that child labour is to a great extent caused by poverty and that the long-term solution lies in sustained economic growth leading to social progress, in particular poverty alleviation and universal education, and Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Ofﬁce, and having met in its 87th Session on 1 June 1999, and Español Français German The General Conference of the International Labour Organization, International Law
The International Labour Organization’s first report on the state of global child labor in 5 years, this summary of trends makes the case that things are improving and more children have been removed from the workforce, in particular reductions in the number of children engaged in the worst forms of child labor.
The report imagines the real possibility of ending abusive child labor by increasing access to education. This is a useful overview document for those trying to understand where, why and how child labor occurs and what can be done to reduce it.
This report was prepared by ILO/IPEC to focus attention specifically on girls and child labor for this year’s observance of World Day Against Child Labor (2009). It warns that the global economic slowdown threatens to erode what progress has been made in the last ten years. It is a useful summary of the challenges girls face in claiming their human rights to childhood and education.
TACKLING CHILD LABOUR IN AGRICULTURE Produced by the International Labour Organization in 2007. Worldwide, agriculture is the sector where by far the largest number of working children can be found – an estimated 70 per cent, of whom 132 million are girls and boys aged 5-14. These children are helping to produce the food and beverages we consume. Their labour is used for crops such as cereals, cocoa, coffee, fruit, sugar, palm oil, rice, tea, tobacco and vegetables. They also work in livestock raising and herding, and in the production of other agricultural materials such as cotton and cottonseed. This film makes the case for involving multinational organizations, organized labour and employers in working to prevent child labour.