Child Labor

Child Labor Advisory Presentation:

‘UNICEF concerned about amendments to India’s Child Labour Bill

 

 

Child labor in India is a human rights issue for the whole world. It is a serious and extensive problem, with many children under the age of fourteen picking cotton, working as rag pickers, working in carpet making factories, glass blowing units and making fireworks with bare little hands. According to the 2011 census by the Indian government there are 4 million child laborers in the country (from the homepage, select Main Secretariat/Divisions>Child Labor>CENSUS DATA on Child Labour), while other agencies claim that it is much higher.

 

Child Labor Resources:

Here’s a good overview of child labor:

Here’s an article on child labor in the domestic industries

Initiatives:

Many governmental and non governmental organizations are working to rescue children and rehabilitate children and families involved in child labor. These include Bachpan Bachao Andolan and the Salaam Baalak Trust.  Swechha.is another organization working to end child labor.

A different approach to reduce child labor is to keep children in schools, because students who don’t attend schools are much more likely to be involved in child labor. There are many initiatives aimed at doing this. Here are two important ones:

Bicycles for girl (and boy) students:

Mid-Day Meals for students

 

More Resources:

One interesting article and video about child labor in the cotton fields can be found here on BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16639391. There is a list of interesting sites on the POP Blog’s Human Trafficking Resource page.

 

Some useful links for forced labour and migrant exploitation

International Labor Organisation [ http://www.ilo.org/ ]www.ilo.org

International Labor Rights Fund [ http://www.laborrights.org/ ]www.laborrights.org

International Organization for Migration  [ http://www.iom.int/ ]www.iom.int

Kalayaan – Justice for migrant workers [ http://www.kalayaan.org.uk/ ]www.kalayaan.org.uk

Matahari Eye of the Day [ http://www.eyeoftheday.org/ ]www.eyeoftheday.org

Global Workers Justice Alliance [ http://www.globalworkers.org/ ]www.globalworkers.org

Human Rights for workers [ http://www.senser.com/index.htm ]www.senser.com/index.htm

Irish Congress of Trade Unions [ http://www.ictu.ie/ ]www.ictu.ie

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions [ http://www.icftu.org/ ]www.icftu.org

Sweatshopwath [ http://www.sweatshopwatch.org/ ]www.sweatshopwatch.org

Trades Union Congress UK [ http://www.tuc.org.uk/ ]www.tuc.org.uk

Instituto Sindicale per la Cooperazione et lo Sviluppo [ http://www.iscos.cisl.it/ ]www.iscos.cisl.it

Coalition of Labor Union Women [ http://www.cluw.org/ ]www.cluw.org

International Organization of Employers [ http://www.ioe-emp.org/ ]www.ioe-emp.org

World Confederation of Labour [ file:///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\clerc\Local%20Settings\Temp\notes9B38C0\www.ituc-csi.org ]www.ituc-csi.org

Children (forced labour and sexual slavery)

UNICEF [ file:///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\clerc\Local%20Settings\Temp\notes9B38C0\www.unicef.org ]www.unicef.org

International Initiative to End Child Labor [ http://www.endchildlabor.org/ ]www.endchildlabor.org

ECPAT International (child prostitution and trafficking of children for sexual purposes) [ http://www.ecpat.net/ ]www.ecpat.net

Justice for Children International [ http://www.jfci.org/ ]www.jfci.org

Save the children [ http://www.savethechildren.org/ ]www.savethechildren.org

Child Labor Coalition [ http://www.stopchildlabor.org/ ]www.stopchildlabor.org

World Tourism Organization – Task to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism [ http://www.world-tourism.org/protect_children/index.htm ]www.world-tourism.org//protect_children/index.htm

South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude [ http://bbasaccs.org/ ]http://bbasaccs.org

Child Rights Information Network [ http://www.crin.org/resources/index.asp ]http://www.crin.org/resources/index.asp

Action Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ALTEN) [ http://atsec.tripod.com/atsecbangladeshchapter/id1.html ]http://atsec.tripod.com/atsecbangladeshchapter/id1.html

Association pour la lutte Contre le Travail des Enfants au Niger (ALTEN) [ http://alten.apinc.org/ ]http://alten.apinc.org

Butterflies Programme for Street and Working Children (India) [ http://www.childrightsindia.org/ ]www.childrightsindia.org

Casa Alianza Latina America [ http://www.casa-alianza.org/ ]www.casa-alianza.org

Casa Alianza UK [ http://www.casa-alianza.org.uk/ ]www.casa-alianza.org.uk

Child Labour Awareness [ http://childlabour.typepad.com/ ]http://childlabour.typepad.com

Child Rights Information Network [ http://www.crin.org/ ]www.crin.org

Child Workers in Asia [ http://www.cwa.tnet.co.th/ ]www.cwa.tnet.co.th

Child Workers in Nepal [ http://www.cwin.org.np/ ]www.cwin.org.np

Child Watch [ http://www.phuket.com/island/child.htm ]www.phuket.com/island/child.htm

Concerned for Working Children [ http://www.workingchild.org/htm/cwc.htm ]www.workingchild.org/htm/cwc.htm

Free the Children [ http://www.freethechildren.org/ ]www.freethechildren.org

Free the Children India [ http://www.ftcindia.org/ ]www.ftcindia.org

Global March Against Child Labour [ http://www.globalmarch.org/ ]www.globalmarch.org

HAQ: Centre for Child Rights and Campaign to Stop Child Labour [ http://www.haqcrc.org/ ]www.haqcrc.org

International Federation of Free Trade Unions (Child labour section) [ http://www.icftu.org/ ]www.icftu.org

ILO – International Programme of the Elimination of Child Labour [ http://www.ilo.org/ipec/index.htm ]www.ilo.org/ipec/index.htm

Child Trafficking Digital Library [ http://www.childtrafficking.com/ ]www.childtrafficking.com

World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children [ http://www.csecworldcongress.org/ ]http://www.csecworldcongress.org

The World Bank- Child Labour [ http://www.worldbank.org/ ]www.worldbank.org

Understanding Children’s Work: An inter-agency research cooperation project on child labour [ http://www.ucw-project.org/ ]http://www.ucw-project.org/

ECLT Foundation – addressing the challenge of child labour in tobacco growing [ http://www.eclt.org/ ]www.eclt.org

World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) [ http://www.csecworldcongress.org/ ]www.csecworldcongress.org

RugMark Foundation [ http://www.rugmark.org/ ]www.rugmark.org

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