The Global Conference on Child Labour, that will take place in South Africa in May 2022, provides an opportunity, at a crucial time, to mobilise key actors within the international community to take action to protect children’s rights.
Unicef Netherlands, Save the Children Netherlands and the Stop Child Labour coalition, and partner organisations and country offices in India, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Mali, Uganda and Vietnam, together the Work: No Child’s Business Alliance, use this momentum to call for urgent action to get children out of work and into school.
It is our strong believe that to combat child labour the international community – governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and the private sector – have a role to play. Important developments are underway, like Human Rights Due Diligence legislation for supply chains, but the problem of child labour is more complex and broader than just the international supply chain.
Which is why we believe in an integrated approach of:
1. Investing in (inclusive) quality formal, full-time education;
2. Supporting and promoting the norm that children should not work but be in school;
3. Enhancing company and government responsibilities to respect human rights in general and children’s rights in particular.
Will you join us?
We are very happy to present our position paper and invite you to co-sign it. We believe that the only way to turn the tables and realise tangible changes towards eliminating child labour in the coming years is to join forces.