Eliminating Child Labour
Tens of millions of children are exploited for profit every day. Over 250 million child labourers are denied the right to a childhood and to a proper education. As many as 113 million children do not attend school. Over one billion adults are today illiterate largely because, as children, they had to work instead of going to school.
Millions of their children, in turn, have to work in order for their families to survive, perpetuating a vicious circle of poverty, inequality and underdevelopment.
Children do every job imaginable, including producing textiles, clothes, carpets, shoes and toys. They often work in the most appalling conditions. Many die before reaching adulthood.
Poverty is often used as an excuse to cloak child labour. However, child labour in itself is a major cause of poverty and underdevelopment, and reliance on child labour can only worsen the economic plight of the communities concerned.
Child labour is also a crime against adult workers employed in the industry because it undermines job security and drives down wages and working conditions. In this competition, wages are often so reduced that the combined earnings of parent and child are less than the wage of one parent before.
International Workshop on the Elimination of Child Labour Dhaka, Bangladesh September 2010
Below are some photos from the ITGLWF workshop that took place in Dhaka in September 2010 kindly supplied by Brother Kamrul Anam
Elimination of Child Labour India National Workshop 2010
Below are some photos from the ITGLWF Workshop that took place in Lonaval in September 2010 kindly supplied by project coordinator Brother Gangaram Gawde.