Newsletter - World Day Against Child Labour (Special Edition) 2014

India’s Union Labour Minister Launches Global March report on “Economics Behind Forced Labour Trafficking”

Union Minister of Labour and Employment, India, Narendra Singh Tomar launching the report with singer Jasbir Jassi and Kailash Satyarthi, Global March

June 12, 2014
In a first, the Union Minister of Labour and Employment, Narendra Singh Tomar commemorating the World Day Against Child Labour (World Day) launched the Global March Against Child Labour report  Economics Behind Forced Labour Trafficking - Comprehensive Case Studies of Child Domestic Labour and Commercial Sexual Exploitation at an event held at Press Club of India in New Delhi.

The report, based on a sample of 420 cases of child domestic labour and 196 cases of commercial sexual exploitation victims across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, pegs the cost of human trafficking in India at 360 billion USD (INR. 21 lakh crores).

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From the Chairperson's desk

Dear Colleagues,

“Strong social protection floor, decent work, quality education and effective enforcement must go hand in hand for eradication of child labour. On the World Day Against Child Labour it is important to rejuvenate our united commitment and action towards the elimination of child labour. But for Global March, every day is the day against child labour  and every moment is the moment to fight the menace against child labour. It is intolerable and totally unacceptable. I applaud the continuous and passionate efforts the Global March partners have been putting all the time. I congratulate them for organising remarkable activities on the World Day. I am sure together we will end child labour.”

Kailash Satyarthi

Partner Activities


First Ever ‘Anthem Against Child Labour’ launched on World Day Against Child Labour

June 12, 2014
The first ever ‘Anthem Against Child Labour’ composed by renowned Indian pop singer Jasbir Jassi and written by Global March Chairperson, Kailash Satyarthi was launched by Narendra Singh Tomar, Honourable Union Minister of Labour & Employment on World Day.
Releasing the music, Minister Tomar pledged, “I dedicate my one month’s salary to Bachpan Bachao Andolan to carry out this noble cause to end child labour in India”.  

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Door-to-Door campaign by GODH representatives on World Day

GODH Lahore focuses on Child Labour in Domestic Work on World Day

In Pakistan, GODH organised a door–to- door awareness campaign on child labour in domestic work. GODH, together with resident welfare associations went door to door to talk to the residents about child labour in domestic work in their area. They handed out stickers to the residents saying “this house is free of child labour”. It was a well organised campaign and GODH received a lot of positive feedback from the residents. GODH looks forward to roll it out in other cities of Pakistan as well.

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JARAK Indonesia Organises Awareness Raising Activities on Child Labour

JARAK (NGOs Network for Elimination of Child Labour) carried out awareness raising activities on child labour in domestic to mark the World Day. JARAK is also the partner for Global March in Indonesia for its ongoing campaign on ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.


Liberian Partner ANPPCAN targets Kpallah in its World Day Campaign this year

In collaboration with the Global March and with support from the United States Department of Labour (USDOL), ANPPCAN celebrated the World Day in Kpallah Community, rural Montserrado County from June 10- 28, 2014.  This year’s celebration is part of the global movement awareness against child labour in domestic work.

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WAO Afrique, Togo Brings Together Children and Youth Clubs on World Day Against Child Labour

As part of the celebration of the World Day, WAO Afrique held a working session with three children and youth clubs. The session included presentations from the participants followed by a discussion on this year’s theme of “Let's eliminate child labor in extending social protection”. A number of suggestions were also put forth by the unions for the protection of young domestic workers. The event also highlighted the commendable work that WAO Afrique has been doing for child domestic workers in and around Lomé.

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ASA Cote d’Ivoire Focuses on Advocacy for Children in Domestic Work

Global March partner in Cote d’Ivoire, Afrique Secours et Assistance (ASA) in collaboration with Forum des ONG d’Aide à L’Enfance organised a national advocacy campaign on improving the working conditions of children in domestic work. Soubré in the Nawa district of south-western Côte d'Ivoire and Abidjan were chosen to host the event. In Soubré, a radio debate was organised on the theme of "Enhancement of the establishment of training centers for domestic workers, current situation and prospects in the region of the Nawa". An advocacy session with administrative and government authorities, community leaders and employers on the issue of exploitation of children, was also organised. In Abidjan, a panel discussion was held for the issue of placement agencies for domestic workers and their registration for the promotion of human rights. The panel also plans to place its recommendations before the Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Civil Liberties.

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South America

CESIP Peru uses new media against medieval working conditions
Commemorating the World Day Against Child Labour, CESIP Peru organised a month long campaign from June 10-30, 2014 to create a climate of opinion and increased demand for the ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The campaign was aimed at targeting government officials from the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the National Labour Council, public and private institutions along with the general public on the issue of child labour in domestic work.

To this end, CESIP started a virtual campaign for the ratification of ILO Convention 189 in Peru. A number of people signed the petition on Facebook and The National Committee for preventing and eradicating child labour now has now placed the ratification of ILO Convention 189 high on their agenda. On June 12, an intervention was organised on the streets of Lima to inform the general public about child labour in domestic work.

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North America

The Child Labor Coalition fights Child Labour in Domestic Work

Global March partner in U.S.A, Child Labor Coalition along with The Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST) organised a Congressional briefing on promoting the rights of child domestic workers in Washington D.C. The panel discussion which included representatives from Human Rights Watch, National Survivor Network, Break the Chain Campaign and Beyond Borders, was moderated by Tim Ryan of Solidarity Centre and Global March Board member.

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