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Combating Child Labour: Together Towards a Brighter Future

by Jennifer Liong June 13, 2023 2 min read

Combating Child Labour: Together Towards a Brighter Future

Child labour remains a global challenge, robbing millions of children of their rights and a proper childhood. On World Day Against Child Labour, it is crucial to raise awareness and take action to eradicate this issue. In this blog post, we will explore the scope of child labour, its underlying causes, and share inspiring success stories of individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact in combating child labour.

We would like to share more to understand the scope of child labour. Child labour encompasses any work that deprives children of their right to education, jeopardizes their health, or exposes them to exploitation. Shockingly, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 152 million children worldwide are engaged in child labour, with almost half engaged in hazardous work. This includes agriculture, manufacturing, domestic work, and services. Child labour is prevalent in both developing and developed countries, emphasizing the need for a global approach to address this issue.

Understanding the causes of child labour is crucial for effective intervention. Poverty is a significant driver, as families facing economic hardships may rely on child labour as a means to survive. Lack of access to quality education, inadequate social protection systems, and limited awareness about children's rights also contribute to the persistence of child labour. In addition, weak legislation and enforcement, societal acceptance, and demand for cheap labor further perpetuate this exploitative practice. Tackling child labour requires addressing these root causes comprehensively.

There are a couple of success stories of combating child labor we would like to share. The first one is Kailash Satyarthi. Kailash, a Nobel laureate and children's rights activist, has dedicated his life to combatting child labour. Through his organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), he has rescued countless children from forced labor and advocated for their rights globally. Satyarthi's efforts have led to legislative changes, increased public awareness, and the rescue and rehabilitation of child labourers. His unwavering commitment serves as an inspiration to us all.

Another organization making a significant impact is GoodWeave (formerly Rugmark). GoodWeave focuses on eliminating child labour in the carpet industry through its certification and monitoring systems. By collaborating with carpet manufacturers and conducting inspections, GoodWeave ensures that their products are produced without child labour. Moreover, they provide education and support to children rescued from the industry, empowering them with a brighter future. GoodWeave's efforts demonstrate the power of responsible business practices in eradicating child labour.

As we reflect on World Day Against Child Labour, it is crucial to acknowledge the scope of child labour and its deep-rooted causes. By understanding the factors that contribute to child labour, we can develop effective strategies to combat this issue. The stories of Kailash Satyarthi and GoodWeave remind us of the transformative power of advocacy, grassroots movements, and responsible business practices. Let us join hands to raise awareness, advocate for stronger legislation, support ethical supply chains, and invest in education and social protection systems. Together, we can create a world where every child can grow, learn, and thrive free from the shackles of child labour.


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