There are still 85 million children in the worst forms of child labour among the overwhelming 168 million child labourers as reported by 2013 ILO Global Report on Child Labour, a slow but steady decrease in child labour. A minimum of 5.5 million child labourers are enslaved, and in need of immediate and urgent help.
As indicated in the 2013 Global Report, the presence of a representative, active and dynamic civil society partner within the worldwide movement is crucial in supporting the Roadmap for achieving the elimination of the worst forms of child labour by 2016, especially the application and follow-up of the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention 182 and the Minimum Age of Employment Convention 138. Indeed, the lack of such a presence or participation of a weakened civil society and trade union presence in the worldwide movement could undermine the global capacity to achieve this vital goal. A strengthened civil society and trade union presence is also equally essential to achieve the goal of the elimination of all forms of child labour by 2025.
Since the late 90s, there is a very significant shift, moving beyond seeing NGOs as partners in implementing projects – and recognising their contribution to both policy dialogue (in the formulation of plans) and independent monitoring of plans (acting as watchdogs, tracking budgets etc). Whilst in some countries CSOs were more or less ready to assume such roles, in others there was a big capacity gap, especially on linking child labour elimination efforts, reducing violence against children with the education for all agenda.
Thus Global March Against Child Labour with the support from The Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, is fulfilling its responsibilities and establishing strong, representative and cohesive partnership within the worldwide movement, which will underpin the implementation of the Roadmap 2016 and the post-2015 SDGs especially to eliminate to child labour, slavery, trafficking and promote education for all.
With this vision, Global March is providing significant support to participation of civil society, trade unions and governments, particularly Parliamentarians in guiding, contributing to and influencing national efforts for ending the worst forms of child labour by 2016 and all forms by 2025. As civil society organisations (CSO) and alliances are gaining strength, while simultaneously opening up children’s and young peoples’ opportunities to participate within civil society, more strategic interactions with government, other intergovernmental stakeholders and private sector representatives are taking place for fulfilling our mission for a child friendly world.
The project activities are being carried out by Global March Partners in Ghana (General Agricultural Workers Union and Ghana Commission for the Rights of the Child/GNCRC), Ivory Coast (Afrique Secours et Assistance /ASA), Togo (WAO-Afrique), Indonesia ( JARAK), Bangladesh (Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum), Philippines (Visayan Forum), Costa Rica (DNI Costa Rica), Peru (Centro de Estudios Sociales y Publicaciones/CESIP), Argentina (Confederación e Trabajadores de la Educación de la República/CTERA), Panama (Instituto para el Desarrollo de la mujer y la infancia/IDEMI).