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World Cup Campaign 2010


The FIFA World Cup is one such event and perhaps the most significant in the world of sport. Every four years since 2002, Global March and others have mobilised communities through the World Cup to realise that while it engenders a sense of global solidarity, bringing together nations from the four corners of the world to unite in a sense of fair play and sporting achievement, it also affects other more vulnerable members of society – children – in a more negative and possibly destructive way

Global impact of world sporting events

Inevitably, major global events of all kinds provide important opportunities to raise awareness not only of child labour generally, but also of child labour that occurs in sectors related to the event in question. The FIFA World Cup is one such event and perhaps the most significant in the world of sport. Every four years since 2002, Global March and others have mobilised communities through the World Cup to realise that while it engenders a sense of global solidarity, bringing together nations from the four corners of the world to unite in a sense of fair play and sporting achievement, it also affects other more vulnerable members of society – children – in a more negative and possibly destructive way. A time of excitement and joy for many, it can also represent a time of sadness, pain and fear for others. There are unscrupulous individuals and groups who use the opportunities created by an event like the World Cup to line their pockets or sate their depraved needs and all through the exploitation of the vulnerable, especially children. This is the third time in 8 years that the Global March highlights the plight of child labourers around the World Cup. The numbers may have fallen to some extent – but not enough and not fast enough and not in sub-Saharan Africa where the World Cup is being played out in 2010. Our campaign is not about pointing the finger of blame. It is about reminding everyone – including civil society – of their collective responsibility to protect and nurture the world’s children. There are examples of successful and innovative programmes around the world, lifting children out of situations of exploitation and helping them and their families through education, training, social protection, job creation and to enjoy the simple pleasures of a fulfilled childhood. The whole point of the MDGs and development is to achieve that goal for all children everywhere.

 

World Cup Campaign 2006

World Cup Campaign 2002