The dedicated global campaign on child domestic labour – FREE: Freedom from Exploitation for Education aims to push for increased ratification of Convention 189 by countries to restore freedom and dignity for the 15.5 million child domestic workers worldwide. As part of the global campaign, focused action is being undertaken in 3 countries – Indonesia, Panama and Togo.

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Commemorating this year’s World Day Against Child Labour (12th June), the theme of which was “No to child labour in domestic work”, several activities and events were organised around the globe by the partners and members of Global March Against Child Labour (Global March). Global March officially launched the sub-site of its global campaign against child domestic labour, i.e., FREE: Free from Exploitation for Education. Click here to visit the sub-site. The global campaign is being supported by the Intenational Labour Organization - International Programme for Elimination of Child Labour (ILO-IPEC) .

Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson’s Message for the Special Issue

“I would like to applaud all Global March regional coordinators, members and supporters for their impressive activities on this World Day Against Child Labour. The plight of young girls and boys, who are trapped behind closed doors as child domestic labourers is a matter of shame for the entire civilisation. This needs concerted and collective action. Global March is committed to keep this fight, and I not only wish but firmly believe that we will be victorious in ending exploitation of children.” – 5 July 2013, New Delhi

Partner activities and celebrations on WDACL 2013

NGOs with Ministry of Labour and Employment organise programmes in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) together with the Ministry of Labour and Employment and other NGOs organised the several programmes to commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour.

For more information, read the press release

Developing resources on child domestic labour in Costa Rica  

Defensa de Niñas y Niños – Internacional, DNI Costa Rica
observed the World Day Against Child Labour by preparing and disseminating a resource kit on child domestic labour especially for the benefit of stakeholders involved in the fight against the same. The resource kit contained information about the living conditions of the child domestic labourers, associated research, developmental material suitable for adolescents and other domestic labourers. Ms. Virginia Murillo Herrera of DNI Costa Rica as the regional coordinator of Global March also participated in the World Day Against Child Labour activities organised by IDEMI in Panama. Notably IDEMI and Global March in partnership are currently executing the project “Free From Exploitation For Education” advocating for abolition of child domestic labour and speedy ratification of ILO Convention 189 and the associated Recommendation 201. More details on the activities undertaken by IDEMI on World Day Against Child Labour are included later in this newsletter.

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Braving difficulties, commemorating 12 June in Democratic Republic of Congo

A physical march planned by Fondation Thomas Cappelletti (FTC) to commemorate 12 June could not take place as a false rumour of police repression prevented the invitees to confirm their participation. To mark the day despite difficulties, FTC submitted a copy of the joint NGO letter to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare for ratification of Convention 189 by the government.       

Click here to read the report in French
Click here to see the letter transmitted

Awareness spreading and raid-rescue operations in India

Awareness marches on the issue of child labour by children and youth were organised by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) in Koderma and Tisri towns of the state of Jharkhand. Also, In Lakhimpur (Uttar Pradesh), BBA organised activities took place in Child Friendly Villages to generate awareness against child domestic labour with the involvement of children, young people, women, shopkeepers and civic leaders and to make villages near child friendly villages free of child labour. BBA also conducted raid and rescue operations in Delhi and Tirupur, rescuing 66 children in all. Chairperson, Kailash Satyarthi personally led 3 rescue operations in Delhi.

For more information, read the detailed report

Public awareness raising campaign on child domestic labour in Indonesia

JARAK, Global March’s Indonesian partner for the global campaign on child domestic labour commemorated the World Day Against Child Labour with ILO Jakarta by running a public awareness raising campaign which was launched on 12 June 2013 in Hotel Indonesia Circle (Bundaran HI). The public campaign was attended by Vice Director of ILO, General Director of PNKPA-Ministry of Labour and Transmigration (The Monitoring Division of Women and Children Working Norm), Deputy Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Trade Union Confederation, members of JARAK network, child domestic labourers and street children.

Campaign materials developed by Global March, JARAK and ILO was distributed to passerbys to create awareness about the issue of child domestic labour. The estimation of materials disseminated is about 5,500 pieces including flyers, stickers, book markers, napkins and souvenirs to public. Also, around 15 pigeons were released as the symbol to free child domestic labour in Indonesia. Children participated in the public campaign through singing, dancing and playing musical instruments.   

The public campaign got greater attention from media, electronic and printing media.

Click here to see the photos of the public campaign

Urging government through letters to ratify Convention 189 in Liberia

African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect - Liberia (ANPPCAN)
, wrote letters to House of Representatives, House of the Senate and Minister of Labour urging the Government to ratify Convention 189 (Decent Work for Domestic Workers) and Convention 138 (Minimum Age). ANPPCAN also urged the Government to domesticate the ratified Convention 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour and list the hazardous forms of child labour in Liberia.

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Children’s march to Parliament in Morocco 

In Morocco, Syndicat Nationale de l'Enseignement, a teachers’ union organised children’s march to the Parliament to commemorate 12 June.

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International video conference and submission to the Labour Ministry in Panama

Instituto para el Desarollo de la Mujer y la Infancia (IDEMI)
which is Global March’s Panamese partner for the global campaign on child domestic labour organised a video conference to inaugurate the 12 June event and celebratation. This event was held in the city of Panama and was joined by representatives from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Spain. The organisations associated with the sub-regional platform against child labour were at the forefront of this video conference along with partners of Global March in Panama and Central America. This event also drew a significant participation of an active group of adolescents from 4 provinces of Panama that form an integral component of the Movement called “Voice of childhood and youth” (RED Voz de la Niñez y la juventud). Milagros Camargo of Veraguas representing the Movement moved a declaration raising a loud voice that “Education is a mighty tool for changing the world”. The declaration was signed by children and adolescents from the provinces of Colón, Panamá, Coclé and Veraguas.

At the end of the video conference, the participants moved in 3 buses and 4 private cars, flagging posters on sensitisation against child labour and child domestic labour for delivering the declaration and charter of demands to the Ministry of Labour in support of ratification of the Convention 189.

Read the detailed report in Spanish here
Read the abridged report in English here
Click here to watch Chairperson, Kailash Satyarthi’s video message for the conference

Local, national and regional level activities in Peru

Global March’s regional coordinator for South America, Centro de Estudios Sociales y Publicaciones (CESIP) in Peru held various activities at national, regional and local level to commemorate WDACL in conjunction with public and private institutions. Some of their important actions/ activities were:

  1. Social media campaign “Hit on Like” on face book to support the fight against child domestic labour.
  2. In association with Telefonica Foundation, CESIP organised several events in various public places, regions and districts of the capital to raise awareness of the masses , office bearers of district municipalities, officials of local Government and administrative bodies on the subject of child labour  particularly child domestic labour.
  3. Mobilised school municipalities for supporting the rights of children and saying ‘NO’ to child labour.
  4. Wall writing competitions across the capital for raising awareness on the subject of child domestic labour.
  5. Hosted press conferences on the occasion.

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Mass mobilisation of different faiths in favour of child rights in Togo

Our Tologese member organisation and country partner for the global campaign on child domestic labour - WAO-Afrique along with the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security and local partners organised mass mobilisation activities for promoting child rights with different religious groups in Lomé. In all, 5,000 people took part in these activities which included government representatives, members of civil society and children. Cléophas Kwadjo Mally from WAO-Afrique and Global March’s regional coordinator also participated in a press conference titled “Ratification of the 189 by Togo, challenge and perspective for the promotion of education for all and employment for young people” organised by the International Labour Organization on 12 June.

Read the detailed report in French here
Read the detailed report in English here
Click here to view the poster prepared for mass mobilisation

Film event on child labour documentaries in USA

In Washington, D.C., the Child Labor Coalition (CLC) held a World Day Against Child Labor film event, presenting several short films about different child labour problems that demonstrate the range of issues advocates confront. One film, Zara’s Letter, focused on a young girl in Turkey who migrates with her family to harvest hazelnuts. Another film, the Fisher of Kids, told the story of child slaves in Ghana’s fishing industry. CLC also showed a segment of the acclaimed film, The Harvest, about child migrant farmworkers in the U.S.  Filmmakers Robin Romano, Steven Keen and Piper Hendricks introduced their films and participated in a “Q and A” panel to answer questions by audience participants. They were joined by Perla Sanchez, a young migrant farmworker, who is featured in The Harvest. More than 60 people attended the event and took part in the spirited conversation after the screening, which occurred at the Goethe Institute, DC.

Click here to see the photos of the film event

Other activities

Business Responsibility in Advancing Children's Right for the Elimination of Child Labour

Together with DCI-Costa Rica, DCI-International Secretariat, and ECLT Foundation (“Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing”), and Stop Child Labour, Global March co-convened a event with the UN Human Rights Council’s 23rd session, Report of Forum on Business and Human Rights to commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour on 4 June in Geneva, Switzerland.

Click here to watch the Chairperson, Kailash Satyarthi’s intervention at the side event.

Photo exhibit on domestic slavery in Canada

Children’s Care International (Aide internationale pour l'enfance) organised a photo exhibit titled “The domestic slavery : the invisible children” as an awareness raising event to celebrate WDACL on 12 June. The exhibit tried to explain how hard it is to protect the children victims of this kind of exploitation wherein they work until 15 hours per day, isolated, without salary and are victims of several abuses. The event was held in the South side of Montreal and among others was attended by the Mayor of Longueuil and the Political Attaché of a Congressman. Global March had partnered with Children’s Care International for the exhibition and to support the CCI initiative, Global March partners had shared pictures for the same.

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