Dear Members of the Board,

The year 2015 surely went by quickly and Global March completed one more year of great work towards promoting the rights of vulnerable children all over the world. Global March since its inception has really come a long way and what makes us special is the diversity we bring, in not only our work but also amongst the people involved in this movement. And we are very proud of it.

The Members of the Board of Global March are indeed the biggest example of this diversity and the International Secretariat is always overwhelmed with the support received from all of you.

This season Global March International Secretariat brings to you a Quarterly Newsletter- Global March Inside- dedicated for the Board Members of Global March only. Hurray!

We are very excited to produce this newsletter and we hope that this will help all of us in keeping track of what is going on, and we would be very happy to hear any comments/ suggestions and contributions you may have.

Lets connect better, understand better and support each other better!

Thanks & Regards,

Communications Team
International Secretariat Global March Against Child Labour

Annual Report Release

Global March International Secretariat in August 2015, released its Annual Report for the period of January-December 2014. The Report documents not only campaign and project activities but also gives financial information on the fund expenditures. Click here to read the full Annual Report 2014.

End Child Slavery Week

End Child Slavery Week (ECSW) 2015, was carried out between 2-8 December 2015. This yearly campaign began with a powerful release of a digital TV Commercial that was produced pro bono by Publicis Pixelpark advertisement agency in Germany. The commercial was widely promoted on social media and was aired on TV in Germany and other parts of Europe for 1.5 months. The End Child Slavery Week  campaign of 2015 was social media oriented and celebrated not only the inclusion of ‘slavery and human trafficking’ in the Sustainable Development Goals that Global March advocated for, but also raised awareness on child slavery through social media, ECSW website and other means. Message on ending child slavery was promoted through the viral platforms such as Thunderclap and Headtalker. This 7 day long campaign garnered great attention on social media through various other activities such as a Q&A session with Kailash Satyarthi on how to end child labour, along with fundraising initiative undertaken by Ph.D students in Stuttgart, Germany. International Secretariat also engaged Global March partners from Panama, Indonesia, Liberia, Uganda and Bangladesh and sent joint letters to their respective Governments and urged them to incorporate SDGs in their national action plans and take other significant actions necessary to uphold the rights of the most vulnerable children in their countries.This campaign was extensively supported by Global March volunteers based in different parts of the world.

National Consultation on Child Domestic Labour, Dhaka

The National Consultation on Child Domestic Labour in Bangladesh was held on 07 December 2015 in Dhaka, to prepare an Intervention Plan (2016-2020) for combatting Child Domestic Labour (CDL) in Bangladesh. The main objectives of the Consultation were to understand the situation of Child Domestic Labour and related issues, prepare an Intervention Plan (2016-2020) for legal action and advocacy to combat CDL in Bangladesh and help planning an appropriate programme for the protection and wellbeing of the CDLs.

National Consultation on Child Domestic Labour, Delhi

In December 2015, Global March in association with Bachpan Bachao Andolan and supported by Commonwealth Foundation, organised a Consultation on Child Domestic Labour and Regulation of Placement Agencies in New Delhi. The Consultation was attended by Delhi Commission of Women, Child Welfare Committee Officers from different parts of Delhi along with lawyers, advocates and other NGOs and civil societies. The aim of the Consultation was to discuss the situation of child domestic labour in Delhi and to find out a solution to minimise the risk of illegal placement of  children in domestic homes of the city by combatting trafficking and by regulating the placement agencies.

Capacity Building Workshops in Latin America, Central America, Africa and Asia

As part of the project funded by the  Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, Global March in collaboration with the regional coordinators and the local partners in Latin America, Central America, Africa and Asia, organised a Capacity Building Workshop on Children’s Rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) between November 2015-January 2016. The workshops aimed at enhancing capacity of our local partners to further advocate for incorporation of child related SDGs in the national action plans of respective Governments. The participating countries in the workshops were- Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Peru, Chile,Colombia, Paraguay, Brazil, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Nepal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Togo, Benin, Malawi, Liberia, South Africa. Amongst all the partners from different countries, Global March welcomed Myanmar and Sri Lanka as our new partner countries in Asia. The Africa Regional Workshop was also taken as an opportunity to send joint letters on behalf of all the Global March partners in Africa to the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama and the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, congratulating them on their recent appointment by the UN Secretary General as the Co-Chair of the Group of 16 Eminent Persons assigned to advocate for the effective implementation of the SDGs.

3 Regional Research  and Mapping Reports and Advocacy  Toolkits to end child labour, child trafficking, child slavery, violence against children and to promote  education for all, in line with Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)

As part of the mandate under the project funded by the Royal Embassy of The Kingdom of Netherlands, an Advocacy Toolkit  was prepared to help the Global March partners to determine how to practically influence the national and regional implementation of the SDGs, especially relating to the goals are targets that directly relate to our work and for strengthening the national and regional response to addressing these issues. Along with the Toolkit the Research and Mapping Report from different countries across the 3 regions was produced to understand the child labour situations in partner countries.

Outcome & Impact Monitoring and Financial Management Workshop by Bread for the World

In February 2016, staff from Global March attended 4 day workshop in Berlin, organised by Bread for the World for their grantees on Outcome and Impact Monitoring  of the projects along with Financial Management as per New Standards of the Bread for the World. The workshop was attended by 15 organisations from different parts of the world.

Learning and Sharing Workshop on Child Friendly Villages with Field Staff

On 29th February 2016, a one day Learning and Sharing Workshop was organised by Global March International Secretariat at its office in New Delhi. The workshop was attended by 14 field activists from three states of India (Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Karnataka). The aim of the workshop was to understand the challenges faced by the activists, share experiences and best practices to make the villages as child friendly as possible.

Global March staff meeting with Board Members

In January 2016, Global March Board Member, Frans Roselaers and Global March Chairperson, Elie Jouen visited New Delhi to attend the Asia Regional Workshop and also participated in a day long meeting with Global March staff, discussing the work done so far along with future action plans.

Mr. Kailash Satyarthi inducted as a Commissioner for International Commission on Financing for Education Opportunity

In September 2015, an International Commission for Financing for Education was formed wherein 5 former Prime Ministers and Presidents and 3 Nobel Prize winners among 20 world leaders were inducted as Commissioners to review the future of global education. The aim of the Commission is to examine how to reverse the lack of financing for education around the world, which has left 124 million young people out of school and hundreds of millions without quality learning opportunities.

International Human Rights Conference in Amsterdam

On December 9, 2015, ABN AMRO organised the International Human Rights Conference focussing on issues such as human trafficking, slavery and child labour, chain responsibility and corporate transparency on human rights. Representing Global March Against Child Labour, Mr. Satyarthi was invited as the keynote speaker wherein he emphasised on the greater role of banks and their clients in bringing a sustainable change for people and planet and asserted for companies to pay attention to their supply chains and help in eradicating modern slavery in the same.

Meeting with Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, The Netherlands

The highlight of Mr. Satyarthi’s visit to The Netherlands was his meeting with Minister Ploumen where he emphasised the need of educating companies about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular on child labour, child slavery, child trafficking, violence against children and education for all. Mr. Satyarthi made a suggestion of making it binding on companies in The Netherlands to abide by the targets and indicators of SDGs. Minister Ploumen welcomed this suggestion and shared that 13-14 sectors in the Netherlands are going to come up with a covenance on Ruggie Framework for due diligence on human rights violation. Mr. Satyarthi also discussed child labour law in India and Parliament Without Borders with Ms. Ploumen.

Kailash Satyarthi’s visit to Chile

In January 2016, representing Global March Against Child Labour, Mr. Satyarthi visited Chile and met the Hon’ble President, Dr. Michelle Bachelet and asked for her support to end child labour in Chile. Along with this Mr. Satyarthi also paid a visit to the University of Santiago and encouraged the youth to become part of the solutions to socio-economic problems in their country.