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


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. 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: 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 [ ]

International Labor Rights Fund [ ]

International Organization for Migration  [ ]

Kalayaan – Justice for migrant workers [ ]

Matahari Eye of the Day [ ]

Global Workers Justice Alliance [ ]

Human Rights for workers [ ]

Irish Congress of Trade Unions [ ]

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions [ ]

Sweatshopwath [ ]

Trades Union Congress UK [ ]

Instituto Sindicale per la Cooperazione et lo Sviluppo [ ]

Coalition of Labor Union Women [ ]

International Organization of Employers [ ]

World Confederation of Labour [ file:///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\clerc\Local%20Settings\Temp\notes9B38C0\ ]

Children (forced labour and sexual slavery)

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

International Initiative to End Child Labor [ ]

ECPAT International (child prostitution and trafficking of children for sexual purposes) [ ]

Justice for Children International [ ]

Save the children [ ]

Child Labor Coalition [ ]

World Tourism Organization – Task to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism [ ]

South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude [ ]

Child Rights Information Network [ ]

Action Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ALTEN) [ ]

Association pour la lutte Contre le Travail des Enfants au Niger (ALTEN) [ ]

Butterflies Programme for Street and Working Children (India) [ ]

Casa Alianza Latina America [ ]

Casa Alianza UK [ ]

Child Labour Awareness [ ]

Child Rights Information Network [ ]

Child Workers in Asia [ ]

Child Workers in Nepal [ ]

Child Watch [ ]

Concerned for Working Children [ ]

Free the Children [ ]

Free the Children India [ ]

Global March Against Child Labour [ ]

HAQ: Centre for Child Rights and Campaign to Stop Child Labour [ ]

International Federation of Free Trade Unions (Child labour section) [ ]

ILO – International Programme of the Elimination of Child Labour [ ]

Child Trafficking Digital Library [ ]

World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children [ ]

The World Bank- Child Labour [ ]

Understanding Children’s Work: An inter-agency research cooperation project on child labour [ ]

ECLT Foundation – addressing the challenge of child labour in tobacco growing [ ]

World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) [ ]

RugMark Foundation [ ]

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