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Be an Advocate to End Child Labor!

IIECL invites you to join us in advocating for the rights of children around the world, especially those who are being exploited in the worst forms of child labor. Be an Advocate! Step up and take the lead on advocating for the end of child labor in your school, community, your country and around the world. An advocate to end child labor is one who speaks up, argues the case for ending child labor by calling for the improvement of  laws that protect children, greater access to and quality in education,and less greed by companies who exploit the poor through cheap wages and poor working conditions. It is one who is a supporter or defender of the rights of children to be safe, healthy, and have the opportunity to get an education. It is one who publicly speaks out about the issue and raises awareness. Around the world, advocates to end child labor join together on World Day Against Child Labor on June 12th of each year. Be a part of a ground swell of action worldwide to bring about positive change. You can make a difference. Be an advocate!

World Day Against Child Labor – 2011

June 12th marks the day when people unite around the world to end child labor.  Spearheaded by the ILO, individuals and organizations  join forces to raise awareness and implement actions to change the lives of children forever. In 2011, World Day Against Child Labor will focus on the hazardous labor that children perform. Hazardous labor is defined as the work that children perform that places their health, safety and morals at risk. Mark your calendar!

World Day Against Child Labor – 2010

The World Day Against Child Labor will be celebrated on 12 June 2010. It comes just one month after a major Global Conference on Child Labor is to be held in the Netherlands, the first event of its kind for more than 10 years. The World Day will provide an early opportunity for national and local activities to follow up on the momentum generated by the Global Conference, and to scale up the worldwide movement to tackle child labor. On this World Day we call for:

Renewed urgency to tackle the worst forms of child labor
Scaling up global, national and local level efforts by making action against all forms of child labor an integral part of poverty reduction, social protection and education planning strategies.
Building political and popular commitment to tackling child labor, with social partners and civil society playing a leading role in advocacy and awareness raising efforts.

Tackling the Worst Forms of Child Labor
It is now ten years since the coming into force of the International Labour Organisation’s Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (ILO Convention No. 182). The Convention has so far been ratified by over 90 percent of the International Labour Organization’s 182 member States.

wcms_125161Millions of child laborers have benefited from the Convention’s drive against practices such as the use of children in slavery, forced labor, trafficking, debt bondage, serfdom, prostitution, pornography, forced or compulsory recruitment for armed conflict and all forms of work that are likely to harm the safety, health or morals of children.

However, despite the progress much remains to be done. Too many children remain trapped in such totally unacceptable forms of labor. The ILO’s member States have set a target of eliminating the worst forms of child labor by 2016. To achieve this goal requires a major scaling up of effort and commitment. The envisaged follow up to the Global Conference in May 2010 provides an opportunity for countries to assess the progress made, what more needs to be done, and how to go about meeting the challenge.

Scaling up efforts through poverty reduction, social protection and education

In a statement on the occasion of the 2009 World Day against Child Labor, President Barack Obama stated that “Global child labor perpetuates a cycle of poverty that prevents families and nations from reaching their full potential.”

Our challenge is to break this cycle. Poor families may rely on the contribution that a child’s earnings make to the family budget, or because of inadequate family income may be unable to afford direct or indirect costs associated with education. Tackling such family poverty is a central part of the strategy to tackle child labor.

Ensuring adults have employment and decent work is vital. Governments can also implement social protection strategies which assist poor families. Cash transfer programs and school feeding programs have been found to have a strong positive impact in promoting access to education and reducing child labor.

Tackling child labor is closely related with progress on basic education. According to the most recent estimates, 72 million primary aged children of whom more than half are girls, and 71 million children of junior secondary school age, are not enrolled in school. In addition, many children who are enrolled are not attending on a regular basis. There must be a strengthened global, national and local level commitment to ensuring education for all children to the minimum age of employment, and opportunities for those youth who have missed out on the chance of formal education.

Building political and popular commitment to tackling child labor

Employers’ and workers’ organizations have been strong advocates for the ILO’s child labor Conventions. If we are to raise the level of national concern with child labor, employers and workers organizations must be centrally involved. Apart from governments themselves, the social partners will often be the best organized and most effective advocates for action. Speaking at the International Labor Conference in 2006 the ILO Director General said that “The ILO’s tripartite constituency are natural leaders in sustaining consciousness of child labor, keeping it on the agenda, and building alliances for its elimination, nationally and globally.”

Local civil society organizations can also play an important role in many communities in which child labor is a problem, by promoting awareness and attitudinal change against child labour and in favour of education and skills.

Join with us on 12 June 2010!
The World Day against Child Labor aims to promote awareness and action to tackle child labor. Support for the World Day has been growing each year. In 2010 we look forward to a World Day that is widely supported by governments, employers and workers organizations, UN agencies and all those concerned with tackling child labor.

We would like you and your organization to be part of the 2010 World Day.
Join us and add your voice to the worldwide movement against child labor.

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