Bringing to an end all forms of violence, abuse and sexual and economic exploitation of children.

Every child has the right to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. Yet children all over the world are being harmed every day. An estimated 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working worldwide. Still another one million children every year are pulled into the multi-billion dollar commercial sex trade.

Child work and exploitation are not only the results of poverty – they also perpetuate poverty. Without an education, many children find themselves without better opportunities later in life. Many of them in turn will look to their own children to help supplement the family’s income. Find out here how people are working to break this vicious circle.

A Call for Global Protections for Child Domestic Workers

In June 2010, members of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will begin formal discussions regarding a possible new global instrument to ensure decent work for domestic workers. Anti-Slavery International, Human Rights Watch and Save the Children have initiated the following statement in order to call upon members of the ILO to give special consideration to the vulnerability of child domestic workers around the world, and to adopt a binding Convention that ensures special protections for children. They invite national, regional, and international NGOs from around the world to join in signing the statement. The deadline for signing the call is 5 May. Sign the petition!...

Working children in Africa fight for rights

The African Movement of Working Children and Youth (AMWCY) , is an entirely child-led and managed grass-roots movement, based in 57 towns in 18 African countries with a membership of 20,000 working children and young people. In 2004, ten years after it was formally established Africa-wide, the movement remains one of the most innovative, participatory, rights-based and child-led movements in the world. The AMWCY aims to better the rights of working children across Africa, providing counselling, running local, national and regional campaigns and managing partnerships with civil society networks and organisations. The working children and young people that make up the...

World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse

Created in 2000, the World Day's objective is to be a focal point and a rallying call for creating a culture of prevention of abuse and violence. Every 19 November, an international coalition commits to commemorate and/or support the Day by organizing local/national activities and events. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse. The main purpose of the NGO Coalition is to contribute to the creation of a culture of prevention of child abuse and form a global partnership network to raise awareness, mobilise public opinion and action, and disseminate prevention programs. To join the Coalition, members commit to mark the Day with local and national...

Success for campaign in Panama

A sustained international campaign by Red para la Infancia y la Adolescencia (RED) , the child rights network of NGOs in South and Central America, has resulted in the rejection of a law that would have violated the rights of children in Panama. These laws, had they been passed, would have authorised lengthy prison terms and potentially the death penalty for children under 18 in Panama. Panama's minister of justice, Arnulfo Escalona Avila, suggested at the time that Panama would withdraw from the Convention on the Rights of the Child in order to go forward with the proposal. As a result of a sustained and widespread campaign by RED with the strong support of UNICEF, t...

The Hague Global Child Labour Conference

The year 2010 is 10 years after the coming into force of ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL), the most widely-ratified international labour convention, and it is 6 years ahead of the global target of eliminating the WFCL. While the global movement has achieved some progress, efforts must be stepped up if we are to deliver the commitment of a world free of the worst forms of child labour by 2016. In order to meet that challenge, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, in close collaboration with the ILO (and in cooperation with UNICEF and the World Bank), is organizing a global conference on child labour to be held in the Hague on 10 and 11 May 2010. ...

Child-led anti-trafficking campaign

Awareness raising activities amongst working children in Africa on child-trafficking have long been a part of the work of the African Movement of Working Children and Youth (AMWCY). At the end of 2003, however, the movement officially adopted an anti-trafficking campaign. Find out more about the campaign and read the resolutions here. Since 1994, 'the right to return to the village and not to migrate' has constituted one of the fundamental pillars of the African Movement of Working Children and Youth. Activities have been undertaken in several countries in order to implement this right. It is aimed at strengthening education and training in the villages and to inform the chi...
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