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Kailash Satyarthi’s Message on 20 Years of Global March Against Child Labour

For last 20 years, Global March Against Child Labour has been the defender of the right of every child to be free from exploitation and be educated. Our journey began, exactly 20 years ago on 17 January 1998, when our Founder and Nobel Peace Laureate,

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Global March Against Child Labour – A Prominent Voice at IV Global Conference on Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, Argentina

The Global March Against Child Labour (Global March) was represented by its members, Board representatives and the Secretariat at the recent IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, held in Buenos Aires from 14-16 November 2017, organised by the Government of Argentina with the support

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Interview with Norma Flores Lopez, Farmworker Advocate & Child Rights Activist

Meet the new Board Member of Global March Against Child Labour from the North America Region, Ms.Norma Flores Lopez. Norma Flores Lopez is the Governance and Development/Collaboration Manager at East Coast Migrant Head Start Project and serves as the chair of the Child Labor Coalition’s Domestic Issues Committee.  She has

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New ILO Data Reveals Slow Reduction in Child Labour: Achievement of SDG Target 8.7 by 2025 Looks Distant

New Delhi: A new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Global Estimates of Child Labour: Results and Trends, 2012-2016 released on 19 September 2017 at the United National General Assembly (UNGA), says that a total of 152 million children – 64 million girls and 88 million boys

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Global March Announces Appointment of New Board Member

Global March Against Child Labour is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Board Member from the North America Region, Ms.Norma Flores Lopez, and hopes to be guided by her vast experience in the field of child labour, especially in the agriculture sector, which houses 50% of

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Solidarity Center interviews Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi, a Solidarity Center ally, won the Nobel Prize in 2014 for his lifelong efforts to end child labor. He began this work much earlier, in 1986 in Jharkand province—one of India’s poorest regions at the time, a place where child labour was common across a variety of industries.

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| | Global March’s Work Applauded in Commonwealth Foundation’s Publication

With support from the Commonwealth Foundation, Global March Against Child Labour, in April 2014, began its project ‘Forging Civil Society Action against Child Domestic Labour (CDL) to Combat the Gender Disadvantage’.The overall objective of the project was to strengthen civil society response in South Asia,

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India Ratifies 2 Fundamental ILO Conventions on Child Labour in the Significant Month of June

ndia has ratified ILO Conventions 182 and 138 which will bring 20 per cent more of the world’s children under the protection of these two conventions and a give a better future to the vulnerable and at-risk children as they win the right to education in school.
New

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The Fight Against Child Labour Is the Fight To Ensure Education For All

Joint statement by Global March Against Child Labour and Global Campaign for Education on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour – 12th June 2017
Currently, more than 168 million children across the world are trapped in child labour. Children are engaged in a variety of work

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Parliamentarians Without Borders for Children’s Rights Asia Meet, 2017

The first Asia Meet of Parliamentarians Without Borders for Children’s Rights was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 3 & 4 April 2017, with participation from about 13 Members of Parliament from 5 Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. As South Asia is the

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Stand Up for Education for Child Labour in Supply Chains

It was on 24 April 2013, exactly 4 years ago, when the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh took place, killing more than 1000 workers and exposing the harsh reality of the international clothing supply chains operations and the dark side of the fast fashion industry.
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Timothy Ryan Elected as the New Chairperson of Global March

After the unfortunate demise of the Chairperson, Mr. Elie Jouen, last year in late 2016, Global March held its Board Meeting in The Hague, The Netherlands on 30-31 March 2017, with Board Members attending from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America and elected, Mr. Timothy Ryan

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Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi applauds Government for ratifying ILO Conventions 182 and 138; Calls it a historic step

On March 31, 2017, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi welcomed the Government of India’s decision to ratify the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour and Convention 138 on the Minimum Age of Employment.
Commenting on the ratification, Mr Kailash

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National Assembly of Pakistan passes long awaited National Commission on the Rights of Children Bill

The recently exposed case of an exploited child labourer called, Tayabba in the city of Islamabad in Pakistan reveals a dark side today’s modern world. Tayabba was not only enslaved and abandoned by her real parents, but found herself mistreated and tortured by her masters (an Additional Judge

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Global March’s Recommendations Find Mention in CRC’s General Comment 20 on Adolescent Children

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most ratified international treaty ever and represents a worldwide recognition of children as full-fledged citizens and as subjects of rights. It also establishes State Parties accountability to respect and ensure the fulfillment of children’s rights.

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Global March at the Laureates & Leaders for Children Summit, New Delhi

With the assertion that the world must come together to show their commitment and resolve to fight the abuse and exploitation that millions of children face across the world, Honorary President of Global March and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, organised the first ever ‘Laureates & Leaders for

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19 Years of Global March Against Child Labour

Leading children from exploitation to education since 1998.
It was on January 17, 1998 when Honorary President of Global March and Nobel Peace Laureate (2014), Kailash Satyarthi embarked upon a journey with one determination- to end child labour and garner attention from all corners of the world on

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Thousands of children and youth, match steps with Laureates and Leaders to demand an end to child exploitation

In the historic launch of Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign, thousands of children and youth marched down from the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate in New Delhi. The visually arresting March, marked the culmination of

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Demise of Global March’s Chairperson, Elie Jouen

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the demise of Global March’s Chairperson and founding member, Elie Jouen
Elie  was a veteran educationalist, a vociferous trade union leader and a champion child rights activist till his last breath.
Elie served as a founding member of Global

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Linking education financing to the marginalised children: Kailash Satyarthi at the UN Headquarters

At the launch of the Education Commission report, United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s maxim, “Freedom and learning are the birth right of every child. They are non-negotiable.”
Mr Satyarthi along with an assembly of global leaders conceptualised the International Commission on Financing Global Education

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Statement by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on the passage of the Child Labour Amendment Bill 2016 of India

The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016 is a missed opportunity.
I was hoping that today the elected leaders of our country will acknowledge that the value of freedom and childhood is greater than the value of a

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Kailash Satyarthi Calls Out To Join Him On World Day Against Child Labour

Every child is our child. Raise your voice now to end #childlabour!
Dear Changemaker,
Every year as we come together to celebrate World Day Against Child Labour, my faith in each one of you strengthens, that one day you all will play a leading role in restoring safety, liberty,

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Global March organises a Side Event at World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey

On 23-24 May 2016, United Nations organised the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey where world leaders and the international community came together to address today’s humanitarian crises that are the causes of conflicts and disaster. These crises have displaced more than 60 million people where children

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Hidden Slavery – Child Domestic Workers

The incidence of Child Domestic Labour is quite significant in Bangladesh as in many other developing countries. Historically more girls are employed in domestic service. Because of its nature and circumstances, CDL is susceptible to becoming a worst form of child labour. Many children in

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Girls in Child Labour Need Your Help on International Women’s Day!

Around the world, an estimated 68 million girls are involved in child labour. Many of these girls take up similar work as boys, but face additional hardships, graver situations and extra risks. Much of the work undertaken by girls is less visible than of the boys, and most

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2015 At a Glance on Twitter

2015 At a Glance on Twitter

2015 was a marvellous year! As the year comes to an end we would like to share

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Everything You Buy is Not Worth It!

Dear Supporters,
We have finally entered the much anticipated post 2015-era, where leaders across the world have showed their commitment to the 17 goals especially the ones aimed at children and improving their rights. This commitment is further strengthened through the promotion of the principles

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PLEDGE TO END CHILD SLAVERY NOW!

Dear Supporter,
2 December is marked as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
On this day, Global March Against Child Labour with its partners, is commencing its week-long campaign “End Child Slavery Week” to bring awareness on the issue of child slavery and

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Sustainable Development Goals: Agenda 2030

On 25th September 2015, the world leaders from 193 Member countries finally adopted the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development at the United Nations General Assembly. Secretary – General of UN, Ban Ki-moon has hailed them as universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.
These Global

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Celebrating International Literacy Day

For more than 15 years Global March Against Child Labour has been celebrating International Literacy Day, on 8th September, and reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the key to solving major issues of the world.
United Nations and the world community

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Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that the world adopted in the year 2000 provided a focal point for governments to develop their policies and provided a rallying point for NGOs to hold them accountable, the MDGs have nevertheless been criticised for being too narrow. The

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Need For Education In Emergencies

Global March joins hands with international NGOs in creation of Global Humanitarian Fund for Education in Emergencies at the Oslo Education Summit.
With the increasing number of conflicts and disasters across the world, 20 million children have been denied their right to education, with 90% of young girls

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Nobel Laureates Call for Action to Increase Education Investment for Sustainable Development

Lindau, Germany, 6 July 2015: Nobel Laureates from across various spheres have come together to call for urgent increase in global investment in education to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the international community.
The Call, led by Indian Nobel Peace Laureate (2014) and the Honorary President

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UNHRC passes landmark resolution concerning right to education

2nd July 2015, has been recorded as one of the most important days in the history of United Nations and its efforts towards education for all. International civil society organisations welcomed a landmark resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) demanding the States to regulate and

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Nobel Prize Winners Malala and Kailash Satyarthi Join UN Education Envoy in Plea over Chibok Girls

April 6, 2015

Three of the world’s leading children’s education campaigners have written an open letter demanding the release of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped one year ago next week.
Joint Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi have joined with United

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‘The boy who marched against all odds’

New Delhi, 10 June 2014:  Rarely does one find a person who rises above all limitations to carve out a life that others can actually learn from.
Basu Rai, an orphan, a former child labourer and the youngest core marchers of Global March in 1998, he made an incredible contribution by writing

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12th Education for All Global Monitoring Report launched

12th Education For All Global Monitoring Report” – Report Card On Global Education For Past 15 Years Launched In New Delhi
 
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The 12th Global Monitoring Report (GMR) “Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges”  launched in New Delhi, India provides a comprehensive assessment of

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Education Under Attack Yet Again: Kenyan Massacre casts a dark spell on the Future of Education

It is a sad day for humanity as Kenya witnessed dastardly attack at the Garissa University campus that has claimed 147 lives, mostly students. The deadliest attack yet by Al-Shabab militants has also left 79 people seriously injured and battling for their lives.
Condemning this reckless act, Nobel

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Kailash Satyarthi calls upon parliamentarians to pass law and ban child labour

Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, expresses complete support to passage of the bill in the April session of the parliament

New Delhi, India, March 30th, 2015: “Immediate and safe passage of the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Amendment Bill in both the Houses of Parliament should be the

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Parliamentarians Unite Across Borders for Protection and Promotion of Children’s Rights

The world went global before parliamentarians went global. Parliamentarians globally are tied to local problems and next election. Yet, they are faced each day with more and more issues that cut across constituencies, countries and regions. These problems are global in nature, with no local or immediate solutions.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi Explains Why He Quit His Job To Stop Child Slavery

HuffPost Live  |  By Rahel Gebreyes
Posted: 19/03/2015 20:04 IST 
When Kailash Satyarthi was 26 years old, he left his career as an electrical engineer to pursue a more pressing challenge — the fight against exploitative child labor.
 
Satyarthi joined HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd on Tuesday to discuss how one man’s plea

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Child labour is encouraged when parents are unemployed, says Kailash Satyarthi

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published on:March 14, 2015 4:09 am
Expressing concern over the increasing problem of child trafficking and child labour in the country, Kailash Satyarthi, child rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, said that by making children slave, the country never becomes a master.
Kailash

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Kailash Satyarthi, Peace Prize winner, says education is key

Child rights campaigner says countries, religion are adult constructions
By Nahlah Ayed, CBC News Posted: Mar 09, 2015 1:18 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 09, 2015 4:59 PM ET

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi still remembers his first rescue of a child slave.
It was 1981, when a girl’s father,

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“Take back their guns and give them books and toys instead” : International Day for Preventing Child Recruitment

February 12, 2015
In these days of growing intolerance and global insurgency, children are more susceptible than ever to armed conflict, where they are unlawfully recruited as child soldiers or combatants. Article 3(a) of ILO Convention 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour clearly calls upon the ratifying

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Chairperson, Global March & Nobel Peace Laureate 2014,Kailash Satyarthi Meets U.S. President Barack Obama

January 27, 2015, Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi
Global March’s Chairperson & Nobel Peace Laureate 2014, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Mrs. Sumedha Kailash and three children meet U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
 
Photo: Reuters

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“Ending Child Slavery Must Be Prioritised In The Future Development Agenda” – Nobel Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi to Huffington Post

“Ending Child Slavery Must Be Prioritised In The Future Development Agenda” – Nobel Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi to Huffington Post
The Huffington Post, January 21, 2015
After having met with the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon in New Delhi on January 12, I am very hopeful that the

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Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi urges UN to prioritise abolition of child slavery

It was a proud moment for Global March Against Child Labour as their Chairperson and Nobel Peace Laureate, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi met with the UN Secretary General (UNSG), Mr. Ban Ki-Moon at the launch of the Young UN@70 in New Delhi and handed over the global petition in

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Nobel Peace Laureate Dedicates The Medal To His Nation And Countrymen 2015-01-07

January 07, 20015
Kailash Satyarthi dedicated the Nobel Prize 2014 medal to his Nation, India. He handed over the medal to Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee. The medal will be a permanent exhibit at Rashtrapati Bhawan’s museum. Mr Satyarthi said, “This medal brings a lot of

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Global March Admitted to the ILO Special List of Non-Governmental International Organisations

Global March has  been admitted by the Director General to the ILO Special List of Non-Governmental International Organisations leading to a closer working relationship and a fruitful collaboration in areas of mutual concern.

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Harkin Statement on Senate Passage of Resolution to Honor Child Labor and Education Activists

DECEMBER 17, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released the following statement on the passage of his U.S. Senate resolution to honor Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. The resolution is Harkin’s final legislative effort of his career and was the last

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“Raise your voice whenever you see a child in distress”

Kailash Satyarthi’s Homecoming Address
14 December 2014, New Delhi
Soon after arriving from Oslo after being conferred with the Nobel Peace Prize, Kailash Satyarthi addressing the media at Constitution Club of India said “I have no words to express my gratitude to my country and countrymen. Whatever I am

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“A Child Friendly World — Within Our Reach”, blogs Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2014, Kailash Satyarthi on Huffington Post, India

“A Child Friendly World — Within Our Reach”, blogs Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2014, Kailash Satyarthi
Huffington Post, India, December 9, 2014

 

 

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International Day of Abolition of Slavery 2014: Make ending child slavery an urgent focus

Commemorating the International Day of Abolition of Slavery today, 2nd December once again is an unfortunate yet necessary reminder that slavery still exists, despite the advancement the human race had made over centuries. Presently, 21 million men, women and children around the world continue to be trapped in

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Kailash satyarthi calls to end child slavery at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

November 22, 2014, New Delhi
Over a thousand children, activists, youth, and citizens joined in for a candle light vigil organized by Bachpan Bachao Andolan in Delhi on 22 November. The vigil led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi demanded end of child slavery. This week (20-26

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Kailash Satyarthi formally inaugurates End Child Slavery Week

This week will be observed across the globe from 20-26 November calling upon all stakeholders for inclusion of elimination of child slavery in the Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by the UN in September 2015.
As a responsible global citizen, please sign the

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End Child Slavery Week inaugurated on the eve of Universal Children’s Day

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Global March Against Child Labour along with International Trade Union Confederation, Education International, Anti-Slavery International, Kids Rights International and Thomson Reuters Foundation launched the End Child Slavery

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Chairperson Kailash Satyarthi meets the Prime Minister of India

October 11, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Global March Chairperson Kailash Satyarthi to congratulate him on winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2014. They discussed about a world with countless opportunities for its children and utmost respect to children’s rights.

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Nobel Peace Prize for Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson of Global March – an international child rights activist from India

October 10, 2014: It is a day of great joy and pride for Global March Against Child Labour as its chairperson Kailash Satyarthi became the first Indian to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his unparalleled work in defending child rights. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has also

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World Teacher’s Day: Invest in Teachers for an Educated Future

5th October 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the World Teacher’s Day. This day was formally established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994.  This year the theme for the World Teacher’s Day is ‘Invest in the future, invest in teachers’.  
An

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Advocacy efforts towards Post-2015 Development Agenda

Only a year is left for the United Nations to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs has already submitted its proposal to the UN General Assembly comprising a set of proposed goals that consider economic, social and environmental dimensions to improve people’s lives

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Executive Order on regulation of placement agencies for domestic work

In India, following the directions of the High Court of Delhi to regulate trafficking for domestic work, especially of girls and women through placement agencies, the Delhi Government has cleared an Executive Order for regulation of the same.
The High Court of Delhi had given elaborate directions for

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International Literacy Day: Literacy is the Key to Social Equity

September 08, 2014
The theme of this year’s International Literacy Day, celebrated worldwide on September 8, is “Literacy & Sustainable Development”. Literacy, needless to say, is the key to achieving major outcomes in the social, economic and environmental areas which are the three main pillars of sustainable development. Empowering

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European Commission supports End Child Slavery Week

European Commission supports End Child Slavery Week

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Former President of Federative Republic of Brazil, Mr. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva supports the fight against child slavery

Former President of Federative Republic of Brazil, Mr. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva supports the fight against child slavery.
Read more in English | Portuguese

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Chibok Girls – Global March’s appeal to Nigerian President on 100th day of abduction

July 23, 2014: On the 100th day since the Chibok school girls were abducted by Boko Haram, Global March Against Child Labour delivered an appeal to the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan. The appeal was submitted to H.E. Ndubuisi V.

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Bolivia condemned for lowering working age for children to 10

July 18, 2014

A shoe shine boy at work in the streets of Bolivia                           Picture: Alberto

Bolivia has become the first country in the world to lower

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In Media – Linking together the fight for girls’ rights

Washigton Post, July 21, 2014
Former Prime Minister of Britain & UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown shares his thoughts on the 100th day of Boko Haram’s abduction of the Nigerian girls.
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Bolivia on the verge of failing its children – Article by Mr. Kailash Satyarthi

July 16, 2014: Bolivian Congress’ recent nod to the Bill that allows children as young as ten years to work is a sheer insult to the universal norms and standards that have historically evolved from the vast experience of the global community.
They have turned deaf ear towards

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Chairperson Kailash Satyarthi’s interview with the Times of India

‘To employ children is illegal and unethical’: Activist Kailash Satyarthi
Ananya Gupta & Nittika Mehra,TNN | Jun 22, 2014, 06.16 PM IST
Activist Kailash Satyarthi is the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an NGO that works on freeing children from bonded labour. He spoke with The Times

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Congressional Briefing: Promoting the Rights of 15 Million Child Domestic Workers to mark the World Day Against Child Labour

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 1:00 p.m., Dirksen Senate Office Building, USA

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‘In Nepal, some street children are controlled by gangs’ – Basu Rai’s interview with the Times of India

nanya Gupta & Nittika Mehra, TNN | Jun 17, 2014, 05.27 PM IST
An unwanted child, a street urchin, a knife-wielding gang member and a child labourer — Basu Rai endured the vicissitudes of fate. But after his rescue and rehab, he dedicated his life to saving other street children. He has

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India’s Union Labour Minister launches “Economics Behind Forced Labour Trafficking” report and “Anthem Against Child Labour”

On World Day Against Child Labour, 12 June 2014
12 June 2014, New Delhi: In a first, the Union Minister of Labour and Employment, Narendra Singh Tomar commemorating the World Day Against Child Labour launched the Global March Against Child Labour report “Economics Behind Forced Labour Trafficking –

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Global March submits an urgent appeal to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Global March Against Child Labour submitted an appeal to H.E. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran to draw attention to the plight of Iranian children. The letter, written by Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson of Global March,  was submitted at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of

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An Appeal From Global March To The Council Of Representatives Of Iraq To Save The Iraqi Girl Child

17 April 2014
Dear Members of the Council of Representatives of Iraq
Global March Against Child Labour is a worldwide coalition of trade unions, teachers’ and child rights organisations with members and partners from over 140 countries and a shared commitment of strengthening worldwide efforts

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Global March Policy Paper on ‘Out-of-School’ Children and Child Labour

“The ultimate end of education is happiness or a good human life, a life enriched by the possession of every kind of good,
by the enjoyment of every type of satisfaction.”
                           

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Open letter to all the companies that manufacture or distribute tea regarding slavery and tea plantations of Assam in India

6 March 2014, New Delhi: Global March Against Child Labour a worldwide coalition of civil society, teacher and trade union organisations active in over 140 countries and united in their determination to protect and promote the rights of all children, particularly their freedom from exploitation and promote good

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A Celebration of Nomadic Culture at GODH Lahore Gypsy Mela

Global March partner organisation in Lahore, Grassroot Organisation for Human Development (GODH), since its inception in 1998 has focused on the neglected and often marginalised indigenous nomadic (Gypsy) children.  In order to create an environment of social cohesion and inclusion for these communities, GODH has been organising events

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Modern day slavery in Assam Tea Estates

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11th EFA GMR launched: Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All

With less than a year left for the Education for All goals deadline, it is disturbing to note that none of the six goals would be met by 2015. The 11th‘Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/4: Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All’ launched by UNESCO, tracks the

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ILO Global Employment Trends 2014- Risk of a Jobless Recovery?

International Labour Organisation (ILO) released its report on Global Employment Trends 2014 providing the   latest global and regional information and projections on various indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment.
 
The following are the key highlights in the 120-page report:

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Global March and Partner Organisations Make an Urgent Appeal to Bolivian President

January 24, 2014: Global March Against Child Labour along with its partner organisations and Anti-Slavery International, Human Rights Watch submitted a letter to Bolivian President Evo Morales opposing the discourse to lower the minimum age of employment to 12 (which is 14 at present as per the Children

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Union Labour Minister on India reaffirms his support for the Child Labour Amendment Bill

January 21, 2014, New Delhi
Global March Against Child Labour has for long advocated for amending the anti-child labour law of India. Supporting Global March in this initiative has been its Indian partner organisation Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).
With the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour upholding most of

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Global March’s “Not Made by Children” initiative has been covered in the latest Quarterly Bulletin on Business & Children

Global March’s “Not Made by Children” initiative has been covered in the latest Quarterly Bulletin on Business & Children
http://beta.globalmarch.org/quarterly-bulletin-business-and-children-dec-2013.pdf

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India gets one step closer to a strong anti-child labour law

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour Submits Report on Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012
The 13th of December, 2013 marked a significant milestone for child rights organisations in India when the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour submitted its report on the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation)

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Child Labourers cannot wait anymore… Global March in follow-up of Brasilia Declaration

December 13, 2013
The 2nd Global Child Labour Conference at The Hague earlier in 2010 had marked the beginning of a journey towards the elimination of the worst forms of child labour by 2016. In the backdrop of ILO pegging the number of child labourers at 168 million

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Global March partner IDEMI (Panama) calls upon the 7 Presidential candidates of the forthcoming elections to include the well-being of children as a priority in their agends

Global March partner IDEMI (Panama) calls upon the 7 Presidential candidates of the forthcoming elections to include the well-being of children as a priority in their agends
http://www.change.org/petitions/act%C3%BAa-con-la-ni%C3%B1ez-para-que-lo…

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Global March dedicates International Human Rights Day to ‘Madiba’

Universal Declaration of Human Rights forms the backbone of freedom, justice, peace and equity in the society. It lays down the framework for the Member States of the United Nations to uphold the dignity of all people so that they are able to realise their potential and progressively

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Brasil retrocedeu no combate ao trabalho infantil, diz especialista – Kailash Satyarthi’s interview in Folha de S.Paulo

RAQUEL BOCATO
COLABORAÇÃO PARA A FOLHA
Líder mundial no trabalho para erradicar o trabalho infantil, o indiano Kailash Satyarthi, 59, diz que o Brasil deu um salto, há alguns anos, na redução do número de crianças nessa situação. Mas que, recentemente, houve um retrocesso, especialmente nas

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“Not Made By Children” – A Toolkit for understanding the realities, responses and responsibilities of stakeholders

22 November 2013
The genesis: Supply chains of apparel brands span through the informal sector of several lesser developed and growing economies across the world. There are many tiers beneath the first level garment manufacturers that secure orders from buying houses representing apparel retailers. These tiers comprise of subcontractors

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Global March echoes the theme of Universal Child Rights Day “Stop Violence Against Children”

November 20 marks the Universal Child Rights Day or Universal Children’s Day. The theme for this year’s Universal Child Rights Day is “Stop Violence against Children”.
Although the number of child labourers worldwide has gone down by over one third during the 12 year period beginning 2000, there

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Global March raises clarion call for bold, innovative & holistic action against child labour at Global Child Labour Conference in Brasilia

17 October 2013: Global March Against Child Labour marked its prominent presence at the recently held Global Conference on Child Labour in Brazil. The host government had invited Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson of Global March to represent the civil society fraternity at the opening and closing sessions of the

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III Global Child Labour Conference

Strategies to acclerate the elimination of the worst forms of child labour
“We have 168 million reasons to be present at this conference in Brasilia” said Guy Ryder, Director General of International Labour Organisation (ILO), while officially inaugurating the III Global Conference on Child Labour 2013 (III GCCL)

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Op-ed On October 11, The International Day of the Girl Child

Have you heard young Meena’s story? Meena, a 17 year old girl was made to work as a child domestic labourer in Delhi away from her hometown in rural India, until she was rescued earlier this year by an NGO.  Meena was trafficked 3 years ago from Assam

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Global March to participate in the 3rd Global Conference on Child Labour

Global March Against Child Labour will participate in the III Global Conference on Child Labour which is to be held next week, from 8-10 October 2013 in Brasilia, Brazil.
The objective of the III Conference is to take stock of all the actions taken till date in the

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Pese a la reducción del trabajo infantil, no se cumplirá con las metas del 2016

La Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT ) en  su más reciente informe “Medir los procesos del Trabajo Infantil: estimaciones y Tendencias Mundiales entre 2000 y 2012, mide el progreso mundial en la reducción del trabajo infantil. Las nuevas estimaciones del informe indican que 168 millones de niños y

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Reduction in child labour, still 2016 goals will not be met

The International Labour Organization (ILO) in the report Marking progress against child labour:Global estimates and trends 2008-2012 measured global progress on the reduction of child labour. The new estimates in the report indicate that 168 million children worldwide are in child labour, which is 11 per cent of

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Human cost of economic crisis

Statement by UN Special Rapporteur on Slavery at the Human Rights and the Financial Crisis in Focus: an expert meeting on promoting a rights-based approach to financial regulation and economic recovery
Vienna, 1 July 2013: I would like to that you for convening this important

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March for a free world from child labor

March for a free world from child labor
Facebook users will be able to challenge child labor using a novel application
Less than a month before the III Global Child Labour Conference is held in Brasilia, from 8th to 10th October; ILO, Telefónica Foundation and Global March Against

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Children in India march to demand total abolition of child labour

On 29th August 2013, more than 300 children in New Delhi, India supported by adults marched to the Parliament demanding the passage of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, which would prohibit hazardous work for all children below 18 years. It will also ban any employment

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Human and Labour Rights’ Violations in Garment Supply Chains of leading brands

19 August 2013: In the wake of the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in April 2013, there has been an increasing desire by Australian consumers to know more about how their clothes are produced and how the workers that make them are treated.

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Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) airs its latest documentary on Mr. Kailash Satyarthi’s initiative to rescue child slaves in India

Watch Fighting to Unravel India’s Widespread Child Labor Abuses on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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Former child bonded labourer awarded Global Education’s Youth Courage Award

New Delhi, 12, July, 2013; “Education and child labour share an inversely proportional relationship with each other. Education for all the children will remain a distant dream unless and until child labour is completely eliminated. For child labour to be completely abolished, free, compulsory and quality education is

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Despite a series of revelations for the Observer about the brutal conditions in garment factories, companies, western consumers and India are still complicit in turning a blind eye

Admit it. You love cheap clothes. And you don’t care about child slave labour
Despite a series of revelations for the Observer about the brutal conditions in garment factories, companies, western consumers and India are still complicit in turning a blind eye

Gethin Chamberlain

The

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OP-Ed Article by Mr. Kailash Satyarthi: After Himalayan tsunami, children are at risk, need protection

Kailash Satyarthi, July 6, 2013, DHNS:

The worst in Uttarakhand is far from over. What is visible is perhaps known to all but the invisible underbelly that is bloating under the aftermath of the Himalayan tsunami that devastated Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts

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Skipping the First Step to End Child Labor?

Laws are not enough to end child labor — we see that every time a new factory is found filled with children who should be in school. But making progress against child labor must begin with banning it. Laws set standards and norms, and affect what people see

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Post-2015 forward looking, yet not urgent and ambitious

Global March Against Child Labour is the largest worldwide coalition of civil society, teachers and trade union organisations united in their determination to protect and promote the rights of all children, in particular the right to receive a free, meaning and good quality education and to be free

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Tobacco farmers exploiting child labor

The International Labor Organization, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance and local NGOs want the government and industry to put a stop to child labor. “It is important that child laborers receive attention because they are often neglected and susceptible to violence from the industries in

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The Day of the African Child

Eliminating Harmful Social and Cultural Practices Affecting Children: Our Collective Responsibility
The Day of the African Child is observed every year on 16 June by Member States of the African Union (AU), and its partners to commemorate the 1976 uprisings in Soweto, South Africa. The 1976 protest by

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Gordon Brown- Learning, not working: why the ILO report shows we need to do more to tackle domestic labour

By Gordon Brown, June 14, 2013
Ratni is a teenager from the Jharkhand province in the north-east of India. Her family are poor, her chances in life few. When her parents were approached by a friend, offering a better life for their daughter in Delhi – education, paid work

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Former child labourer launches Global March’s new campaign site FREE – Free from Exploitation for Education

Shanti’s presence on June 12th, the World Day Against Child Labour, at the Global March’s office was symbolic. For over three years, Shanti (name changed), a former child labourer was inflicted with pain and abuses, by her employer. She was sold to a family for Rs. 22,000 (~US

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Child Domestic Labour- A Modern Form of Feudalism

11 June 2013, Global – The world is on track towards missing most of the deadlines for international commitment of Millennium Development Goals and national commitments for a better future for children. The adults, the world leaders, the governments and the larger society is failing

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Indonesia Sets 2020 Goal of Eradicating Child Labor

By Agustiyanti on 8:25 am June 3, 2013.
Category Featured, News
Tags: Indonesia child labor, Indonesia economy, Indonesia poverty
 

 

Still in her uniform, a girl sells newspapers after school in Solo, Central Java. High levels of poverty mean child labor remains widespread in Indonesia. (JG Photo/Ali Lutfi)

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Global March Regional Coordinator GAWU to empower cocoa farms

GAWU to empower cocoa farmers
The General Agriculture Workers Union (GAWU) of Trade Union Congress, has developed strategies to promote and to organise cocoa farmers around farm and non-farm economic activities to eliminate child labour. The strategies are to support national efforts towards the elimination

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Light at the end of the tunnel for missing children of India – a communiqué from the Chairperson of Global March Against Child Labour

Dear Friends,
With great pleasure, I share my joy and accomplishment with you. As I write to you, I am holding a copy of the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court of India that will have far reaching impact on the lives of millions of

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General Comment on “State obligations regarding the impact of the business sector on children’s rights” by the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Recently, the Committee on the Rights of the Child has issued General Comment No. 16 (2013) on State obligations regarding the impact of the business sector on children’s rights. Recognising that States have obligations regarding the impact of business activities and operations on children’s rights arising from the

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The impact of agricultural trade on labour markets, The impact of agricultural trade on labour markets

A new ILO/UNCTAD book highlights the role of agricultural trade in creating jobs and alleviating poverty around the world.

 

GENEVA – A new book edited by UNCTAD and the International Labour Organization (ILO) stresses

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National Consultation on Child Trafficking and Child Labour

A two day National Consultation on Child Trafficking and Child Labour brought together all stakeholders involved in the fight against child labour to deliberate upon the tenets of the child labour law, Child Labour (prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, which

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Childhoods lost in the gold mines

Childhoods lost in the gold mines

 
 
In a cramped mine, Théophile, said to be 7, fills a bucket with shards from the walls. The U.N. says as many as a million children work in the mines for as little as $2 a

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UN Special Envoy on Education agrees to the demand of Global March

April 23, 2013 Washington DC – Mr. Gordon Brown, UN Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of United Kingdom has agreed to include a major demand of Global March Against Child Labour in his agenda for the next UN General Assembly.
The Chairperson of Global March, Mr.

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Global March presents report “Child Labour in Cocoa Farming in Côte d’Ivoire”

18 April 2013, Washington D.C:  Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson, Global March Against Child Labour who was in Washington D.C. on the invitation of Mr. Gordon Brown, Education Envoy to UN Secretary General for series of events planned in conjunction to the IMF World Bank Development Committee, presented the

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Modern-day slavery: an explainer

What is modern-day slavery?
About 150 years after most countries banned slavery – Brazil was the last to abolish its participation in the transatlantic slave trade, in 1888 – millions of men, women and children are still enslaved. Contemporary slavery takes many forms, from women forced into prostitution, to

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4th International Meeting Against Child Labour in Mexico

The 4th International Meeting Against Child Labour was held recently on 21st March 2013 in Mexico. Organised by Fundación Telefónica in collaboration with ILO, UNESCO – Santiago de Chile Office, and the Government of the State of Mexico, the purpose of the 4th Meeting was to contribute to

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Trafficking of children for physical exploitation, slavery or practices similar to slavery and servitude is now a crime under the Indian Penal Code

21 March 2013, New Delhi: After a long struggle staged by the civil society organizations and anti child labour organizations, the Parliament of India has passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013. With the President’s assent, the Bill will be notified as an Act soon. This Bill has

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Kailash Satyarthi trae a México su estrategia contra el trabajo infantil

KARLA GARDUÑO
Sábado, 16 marzo, 2013
Cerca de 200 millones de niños en el mundo están dejando de vivir su infancia al ser víctimas del trabajo infantil. La problemática toca a todos los países, aunque cada vez importa menos, advierte Kailash Satyarthi, fundador en 1998 de la Marcha Global

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International Women’s Day: Time to Stop Violence Against Children and Women

8 March 2013 – This year the United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day is: ‘A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.’ For millions of girls and women, violence is more than an ‘observance’, it is the harsh reality

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Family Reunion – Day of Celebration

Gazale Salame and her children returned home to her husband and her two older daughters on Sunday March third. The family had been seperated for 8  long years due to legal and political complications of German Authorities.
An increase pressure created by German citizens, foreign NGOs, outspoken Journalists

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Child Labour in Livestock Sector: Unrecognised and Ignored

Child labour in livestock is widespread and largely ignored, accordingly to Food and Organization’s recent publication,Children’s work in the livestock sector: Herding and beyond – the first global study on the subject. Noting that agriculture accounts for the highest proportion of global child labour across economic sectors (60% as

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“Indian child rights organizations demand statutory definition of trafficking, slavery, forced labour and other forms of sexual exploitation”

Bachpan bachao Andolan, Global March Against Child Labour, Apne Aap Women’s Worldwide along with thousands of their child rights partner organizations have demanded that the provisions of defining and criminalizing trafficking, slavery, forced labour and other forms of sexual exploitation as included in the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance

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Trafficking in person, forced labour and child labour crimes in the Indian Penal Code

4 February 2013, New Delhi: Global March Against Child Labour lauds the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 promulgated by the President of India’s signature on 3 February 2013, that not only clearly defines and procedures to deter sexual crimes against women, but also in a landmark first step,

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Liberia buzzes as latest talks on post-2015 development agenda begin

The bunting has been hung, there is a smell of fresh paint at the airport, and posters dotted around Monrovia suggest something big is happening in the city this week.
On Tuesday, the technical sessions of the UN high-level panel (HLP), which has until May to come up

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Trafficking of kids must be made a major offence and 5 years imprisonment for employing child labour recommends Justice J S Verma Committee

ew Delhi, 23 January 2013: “Trafficking of kids must be made a major offence,” recommends Justice J S Verma Committee seeking reforms in the criminal justice system for protection of women and children in its recommendations to the Ministry of Home Affairs in India, and inclusion of child

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15 years of struggle against child labour: Global March Against Child Labour

15 years of struggle against child labour:
Global March Against Child Labour

16 January 2013: Basu, a core marcher of the worldwide physical march against child labour organised in 1998 reflects, “I joined the Global March as the youngest core marcher, all of 9 years then. Today,

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Make your voice count against child labour, child trafficking and slavery this Human Rights Day

10 December 2012 – This year’s theme for Human Right Day is “My Voice Counts”.  This day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere .
Today’s urgent issue of

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Bolivia’s child workers unite to end exploitation

Shining shoes, mining and herding animals among the many jobs done by an estimated 750,000 children between five and 17
Rodrigo Medrano Calle is a Bolivian labour leader who meets and lobbies top government officials for his constituency’s rights. That’s not surprising in a country

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SPARC sees Children Act 1991 ambiguous

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 – Quetta—The Protection of the Child Rights (SPARC), Tuesday expressing concern over Employment of Children Act 1991 demanded that ambiguities, anomolies and contradictions in the said Act should be rectified. “The Employment of Children Act 1991 has various confusions as it simultaneously bans and regulates child

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Fire and death of workers in the Bangladeshi Garment Factory raises serious concerns about workers’ rights and safety

In one of the most devastating fire accidents in the history of apparel industry of Bangladesh at least 112 workers are feared killed during the last weekend. This is not the first incident in Bangladesh. Since 2005 over 700 garment workers have been killed in unsafe workplaces.  The

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Gordon Brown celebrates festival of lights with the children at Mukti Ashram

New Delhi: 08th November 2012: Diwali (the festival of lights in India) became brighter for the children of Mukti Ashram (short term rehabilitation centre of Bachpan Bachao Andolan in Delhi) when the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown visited it last evening. Mr. Brown

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Engaging with small farmers for eliminating agricultural child labour – Kavokiva experience

Across the globe, majority of the children are working in small-scaled, often family-owned farms, making small farmers an important actor and stakeholder to engage with in the fight against child labour working in the agricultural sector. However, small farmers are often missing in the various debates and platforms

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Rallying the global community to put Education First

18 October 2012: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, said Nelson Mandela. Each one of us reading this piece can undeniably vouch for the power of education in our own respective lives. Each one of us can say how having

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10th EFA GMR launched with a focus on putting education to work

16 October 2012: With one in eight young person across the world looking for work, the focus on young people, their education and skills and youth unemployment has gripped the world. In May this year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) called for an urgent investment in opportunities for

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2012 World Day for Decent Work focuses on ‘scarred’ generation of unemployed youth

07 October 2012: Gains in employment rates for young people have been wiped out by the economic crisis. According to the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012, it may take 4-5 years before jobs rebound. In the meantime, many of the 75 million unemployed

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International Day of Girl Child: Protecting, promoting, and fulfilling girls’ rights

11 October 2012: Who says girls are weaker section of the society? Girls and young women can not only be an immense source of strength and support for their families and friends, but can also contribute to bringing about positive changes in society. There is no better example of this

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Take a stand for teachers – a stand for education

5th October 2012 – “Take a stand for teachers!” is the slogan of the World Teachers’ Day 2012, which the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is celebrating along with its partners, the International Labour Organization, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Children’s Fund and Education International. 
Teachers

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Civil society insights and inputs for a comprehensive child labour rehabilition and education policy

New Delhi, 21 September 2012
The Roundtable discussion on Child Labour Free India was organised by Global March Against Child Labour in collaboration with its core partner Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) bringing together Mr A C Pandey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr Suresh Kumar, Joint

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India moves to ban all forms of Child Labour

Cabinet approves the new Child & Adolescent Labour (Prohibition) Act on 28 August 2012
(accepts the demands of Global March Against Child Labour for a child labour free India)

Union Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge announced the revisions in the Child Labour Law agreeing to the demands 
at the

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Government of India set to ban all forms of Child Labour

Government of India set to ban all forms of Child Labour 
Cabinet likely to approve the new Child & Adolescent Labour (Prohibition) Act today  
New Delhi, August 28th, 2012: In a significant move to curb the rampant spread of child labour across the country, the Government of India is set to

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Senator Harkin opens the Global March’s International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture

The First International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture was opened by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Pathbreaking conference to tackle the urgent problem of child labour in agriculture. Organized by the Global March Against Child Labour, a worldwide movement of NGOs, trade unions including teachers trade unions.

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From Farms and Fields to Classrooms

Sí, se puede “Yes We Can”
July 30, 2012, Washington DC; In response to Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson of Global March Against Child Labour’s closing question on, “Can we have child labour free agricultural products and commodities?” the 159 participants from 39 countries at the International

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Guy Ryder elected as ILO Director General

It is indeed a moment of unprecedented joy for Global March Against Child Labour, as its long standing friend Guy Ryder has been elected as the Tenth Director- General of International Labour Organization (ILO).
Congratulating the new Director General, the Chairperson of Global March, Mr.

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Workers’ Organizer at Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS) brutally tortured and killed

10 April 2012: In an unfortunate sequence of events Aminul Islam, Worker Organizer and a Bangladeshi Labour Rights’ activist at Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS) went missing on Wednesday, 4th April and was later found dead on Saturday 07th April. His dead body bore

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Children forced into beggary and coerced to produce earnings

9 April 2012: Beggars are now part of urban streets in many countries in Europe, Africa, India, Bangladesh, and others. The passer-by is mistaken that they are willingly begging due the difficult financial conditions at their home, so giving them loose change would help provide

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Bricks from Afghanistan and Coltan and Cassiterite from DRC suspected of forced or child labour

On 3 April 2012, a final determination revised the list required by Executive Order 13126 (“Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor”), in accordance with the “Procedural Guidelines for the Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification

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NL-Aid on BBA & Global March – A Rectification & Apology

26 March 2012: Global March would like to take this opportunity to inform its members, partners and the global movement against child labour regarding a public retraction and apology by a blogger. A series of very unpleasant e-mails and web-articles were in circulation in the

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Renewal of international cocoa agreement

European members of Parliaments show a ray of hope for eliminating child labour in cocoa farming
16 March 2012: In a major breakthrough, the Members of European Parliament on Wednesday March 14, 2012, gave consent by way of passing a resolution to renew the International

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Stop the execution of Professor Abdolreza Ghanbari

Core Labour Standards & Human Rights under attack in Iran
14 March 2012: The Global March Against Child Labour with Education International (EI) and International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) at the cornerstone of its existence earnestly appeals all its members, partners and supporters to request

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Social Protection Floor – Post-2015 discussions gain momentum

13 March 2012, New Delhi: The “Social Protection Floor” (SPF) is a basic set of social rights, services and facilities that every person should enjoy. The United Nations suggests that a social protection floor could possibly consist of two main elements that help to realize

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USDOL’s ‘parental exemption’ for child labour in agriculture

12 March 2012, New Delhi: The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)’s Wage and Hour Division owing to pressure from farm groups has recently decided to re-propose ‘parental exemption’ for child labour engaged in agriculture in the U.S. The parental exemption allows children of any age

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Starting with the girls to empower rural communities to end hunger and poverty

08 March 2012: The Global March Against Child Labour is using International Women’s Day to bring spotlight on the girls in rural communities working as child labourers and missing out on an education.
Amina is nine years old and for the last two years she

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The plight of children in an urban world

16 March 2012: UNICEF has recently released a report on state of children in an urban world.
Over half the world’s people – including more than a billion children now live in cities and towns. While cities have long been associated with employment, development and

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Financial Transaction Tax – It’s Back and Hopefully to Stay!

The debate on financial transaction tax (FTT) has once again been revived with French President, Nicolas Sarkozy’s recent announcement to introduce the same in the nation’s economy in August this year. Although seen by many as an election gimmick, the 0.1% tax that will be

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Child Labourers Killed in Lahore as Illegal Factory Caves Down after an Explosion

Monday was unfortunate for the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore where a factory illegally making veterinary medicines collapsed killing at least 10 women and three children. The blast at the three-storey building is believed to have been caused by a gas leak. As the rescue

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Timothy (Tim) Ryan to represent Child Labour Coalition in the Governing Board of Global March Against Child Labour

Global March is pleased to announce that Mr. Timothy (Tim) Ryan, the Asia Regional Program Director for the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (“Solidarity Center”) has been unanimously elected to replace Ms Helen Toth of the Child Labor Coalition (CLC) in the Governing Board

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Delay in Ratification of ILO Conventions 138 and 182 by Government of India Tarnishing Nation’s Image

Earlier in January this year, Union Minister of Labour and Employment Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge, chaired the first meeting of the newly constituted Central Advisory Board on Child Labour. Citing child labour as a matter of grave concern staring in the face of our country, Mr.

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Children engaged in unsafe mining

According to Human Right Watch Report A Poisonous Mix Child Labor, Mercury, and Artisanal Gold Mining in Malipublished in December 2011 it is estimated that between 20,000 and 40,000 children work in Mali’s artisanal gold mining sector. Many of them start working as young as six years

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76 countries rank high in child labour violations

A large number of 76 countries have been classified as ‘extremely risky’ in terms of child labour complicity for global companies on the Child Labour Index 2012 as per the recent annual study on human rights violations conducted by UK-based risk analysis firm Maplecroft. This

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California Transparency in Supply Chains Act 2010

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 has drawn the focus of enterprises towards eliminating human trafficking within their spheres of impact. The law calls for greater supply chain accountability by requiring every retail seller and manufacturer doing business in California and having

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Resources for public education and health eaten by global corporations

The world has enough for everybody’s need but not enough for everybody’s greed, said Mahatma Gandhi. A similar emotion evokes a new study by Education International Research Institute – Global Corporate Taxation and Resources for Quality Public Services which has shown that a fortune worth

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Resources for public education and health eaten by global corporations

The world has enough for everybody’s need but not enough for everybody’s greed, said Mahatma Gandhi. A similar emotion evokes a new study by Education International Research Institute – Global Corporate Taxation and Resources for Quality Public Services which has shown that a fortune worth trillions of dollars lost annually due

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Children and students tortured in Pakistani seminary, Global March demands immediate closure of the system of brutalisation

Pakistani police rescued 53 students including children as young as seven years, chained from a warren of rooms in a madrassa (seminary) during a raid in Karachi. The students said they were beaten up mercilessly, kept in chains, deprived of food and tortured.  The students were warned that

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MISSING CHILDREN OF INDIA

A reflection upon increasing societal apathy and systemic failure of the law enforcement agencies
 

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On 08th December 2011, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) launched its latest research report “Missing Children of India”.  This report

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MISSING CHILDREN OF INDIA

A reflection upon increasing societal apathy and systemic failure of the law enforcement agencies
On 08th December 2011, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) launched its latest research report “Missing Children of India”.  This report is a compilation of the data collected from official agencies like National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB),

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Aid for Education: Miles to go!?

The good news first! International aid for basic education has increased from 2008 to 2009 to reach around US$ 5.6 billion reports the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report’s team in their findings on trends in aid to education from 2002 to 2009. The sad news is

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Aid for Education: Miles to go!?

The good news first! International aid for basic education has increased from 2008 to 2009 to reach around US$ 5.6 billion reports the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report’s team in their findings on trends in aid to education from 2002 to 2009. The

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Child Labour in the Cocoa Farms of Ivory Coast and Ghana

In 2010, findings of a research commissioned by Tulane University under a grant by the US Government showed that a staggering 1.8 million children aged 5 to 17 years work in cocoa farms of Ivory Coast and Ghana at the cost of their physical, emotional, cognitive and moral

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Child Labour in the Cocoa Farms of Ivory Coast and Ghana

In 2010, findings of a research commissioned by Tulane University under a grant by the US Government showed that a staggering 1.8 million children aged 5 to 17 years work in cocoa farms of Ivory Coast and Ghana at the cost of their physical, emotional,

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Children and students tortured in Pakistani seminary

Global March demands immediate closure of the system of brutalisation
 
Pakistani police rescued 53 students including children as young as seven years, chained from a warren of rooms in a madrassa (seminary) during a raid in Karachi. The students said they were beaten up

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“Getting to Zero” Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths – World AIDS Day 2011

The Global March Against Child Labour is preparing to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, joining millions around the world in support of this year’s theme, “Getting to Zero. Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.”
World AIDS Day comes close on the heels

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“Getting to Zero”

Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths – World AIDS Day 2011
The Global March Against Child Labour is preparing to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, joining millions around the world in support of this year’s theme, “Getting to Zero. Zero New HIV Infections.

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“Getting to Zero” Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths – World AIDS Day 2011

The Global March Against Child Labour is preparing to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, joining millions around the world in support of this year’s theme, “Getting to Zero. Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.”
World AIDS Day comes close on the heels

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“First steps on the long walk to school”

Civil society welcomes GPE announcements in Copenhagen
8th November 2011, Copenhagen
“The Global Campaign for Education welcomes the renewed commitment and energy shown in Copenhagen towards a revived education compact – in the form of the new Global Partnership for Education (GPE).  Over $1.5 billion was announced

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“First steps on the long walk to school” Civil society welcomes GPE announcements in Copenhagen

8th November 2011, Copenhagen
“The Global Campaign for Education welcomes the renewed commitment and energy shown in Copenhagen towards a revived education compact – in the form of the new Global Partnership for Education (GPE).  Over $1.5 billion was announced for GPE over the next three years,

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“First steps on the long walk to school” Civil society welcomes GPE announcements in Copenhagen

8th November 2011, Copenhagen
“The Global Campaign for Education welcomes the renewed commitment and energy shown in Copenhagen towards a revived education compact – in the form of the new Global Partnership for Education (GPE).  Over $1.5 billion was announced for GPE over the next three years,

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Human Trafficking on a rise in India, no data on crime available

1 Nov. 2011,   New Delhi:  The crime against vulnerable sections of society, including women and children is on rise, as suggested by the latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). 
The offenses pertaining to kidnapping and abduction of children, procurement of minor girls, buying or selling of girls

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Human Trafficking on a rise in India, no data on crime available

1 Nov. 2011,   New Delhi:  The crime against vulnerable sections of society, including women and children is on rise, as suggested by the latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). 
The offenses pertaining to kidnapping and abduction of children, procurement of minor girls, buying or selling of girls

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Human Trafficking on a rise in India, no data on crime available

1 Nov. 2011,   New Delhi:  The crime against vulnerable sections of society, including women and children is on rise, as suggested by the latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). 
The offenses pertaining to kidnapping and abduction of children, procurement of minor girls, buying or selling of girls

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Recruitment of new Head of Policy

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end the global education crisis.  Together we hold governments to account for their promises repeatedly made to provide Education for All.  The GCE’s mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver

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Recruitment of new Head of Policy

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end the global education crisis.  Together we hold governments to account for their promises repeatedly made to provide Education for All.  The GCE’s mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver

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US DOL releases second updated list of goods produced by child labour or forced labour

On October 3, 2011, the Bureau of International Labour Affairs (ILAB) of the U.S. Department of Labour published the second update of the list of goods produced by child labour or forced labour as mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2005. Goods from countries

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Another young victim of State directed child labour in Uzbekistan

The Uzbekistan regime has long received wide criticism for its coercive policy of using child labour during her cotton harvests every year.  The recent case of 13 year-old Bakhodir, is such a child labourer who fell into coma after being hit by a car has become another reason

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Another young victim of State directed child labour in Uzbekistan

The Uzbekistan regime has long received wide criticism for its coercive policy of using child labour during her cotton harvests every year.  The recent case of 13 year-old Bakhodir, is such a child labourer who fell into coma after being hit by a car has become another reason

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Education International reinforces its position against child labour

Global March member Education International (EI) has recently published the resolutions adopted at its 6th World Congress held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22 to 26 July 2011, for download from its web site. Among its key policy statements is a resolution on child labour the lack

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Education International reinforces its position against child labour

Global March member Education International (EI) has recently published the resolutions adopted at its 6th World Congress held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22 to 26 July 2011, for download from its web site. Among its key policy statements is a resolution on child labour the lack

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Education under attack: GCE Newsletter September 2011

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) has recently published its latest e-newsletter and has raised concerns over the growing level of attacks on education  around the world by various governments, including Chile, Malawi and Bahrain. GCE President Ms Camilla Croso refers to the protests by students, teachers and

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Education under attack: GCE Newsletter September 2011

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) has recently published its latest e-newsletter and has raised concerns over the growing level of attacks on education  around the world by various governments, including Chile, Malawi and Bahrain. GCE President Ms Camilla Croso refers to the protests by students, teachers and

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Calls for support to students in Chile

October 2011: Global March members and partners will have seen or read international media reports of the growing protests in Chile involving students, teachers and members of the public alike demanding free public education and an end to profit in both secondary and higher education. The protests have been

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Calls for support to students in Chile

October 2011: Global March members and partners will have seen or read international media reports of the growing protests in Chile involving students, teachers and members of the public alike demanding free public education and an end to profit in both secondary and higher education. The protests have been

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EU blocks Uzbek textiles over child labour

Brussels, Belgium, 4 October 2011: European Union (EU) lawmakers have rejected a trade deal that would have made it easier for Uzbekistan to export textiles to Europe, citing objections to the country’s continued use of child labour in its cotton harvests. The European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee unanimously voted

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EU blocks Uzbek textiles over child labour

Brussels, Belgium, 4 October 2011: European Union (EU) lawmakers have rejected a trade deal that would have made it easier for Uzbekistan to export textiles to Europe, citing objections to the country’s continued use of child labour in its cotton harvests. The European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee unanimously voted

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7 October: World Day for Decent Work 2011

7 October 2011: Since 2008, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has been organising the “World Day for Decent Work (WDDW)” on 7 October each year. The aim has been to establish a day for trade union mobilisation all over the world – a day when all trade

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World Teachers’ Day 2011: Teachers for Gender Equality

5 October 2011: Since 1994, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October each year. It is an opportunity for UNESCO and Education International (EI) to promote the profession and its relevant international standards and for the rest of the world to celebrate all teachers around the world and

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7 October: World Day for Decent Work 2011

7 October 2011: Since 2008, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has been organising the “World Day for Decent Work (WDDW)” on 7 October each year. The aim has been to establish a day for trade union mobilisation all over the world – a day when all trade

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World Teachers’ Day 2011: Teachers for Gender Equality

5 October 2011: Since 1994, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October each year. It is an opportunity for UNESCO and Education International (EI) to promote the profession and its relevant international standards and for the rest of the world to celebrate all teachers around the world and

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US DOL releases second updated list of goods produced by child labour or forced labour

On October 3, 2011, the Bureau of International Labour Affairs (ILAB) of the U.S. Department of Labour published the second update of the list of goods produced by child labour or forced labour as mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2005. Goods from countries

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Global Unions call on G20 to promote jobs and social protection

As the global economy grapples with the second wave of recession, the employment and labour ministers of the G20 nations met in Paris on 26-27 September 2011 to discuss how to address the challenges created by the financial crisis. In a statement addressed to the G20 meeting, Ms

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Global Unions call on G20 to promote jobs and social protection

As the global economy grapples with the second wave of recession, the employment and labour ministers of the G20 nations met in Paris on 26-27 September 2011 to discuss how to address the challenges created by the financial crisis. In a statement addressed to the G20 meeting, Ms

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ITUC releases report on core labour standards in India

16 September 2011: Global March’s Governing Body member International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released a report “Internationally Recognised Core Labour Standards in India, Report for the WTO General Council Review of the Trade Polices in India (Geneva, 14 and 16 September 2011). India has ratified only four core ILO

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ITUC releases report on core labour standards in India

16 September 2011: Global March’s Governing Body member International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released a report “Internationally Recognised Core Labour Standards in India, Report for the WTO General Council Review of the Trade Polices in India (Geneva, 14 and 16 September 2011). India has ratified only four core ILO

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Decent work for cocoa farmers

The incidence of child labour is inextricably linked to the denial of decent working conditions for adults. A parent enjoying decent working conditions, including a living wage, is less likely to send children to work to contribute to family income than a worker whose fundamental rights are violated.

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Decent work for cocoa farmers

The incidence of child labour is inextricably linked to the denial of decent working conditions for adults. A parent enjoying decent working conditions, including a living wage, is less likely to send children to work to contribute to family income than a worker whose fundamental rights are violated.

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International Literacy Day: 8th September 2011

New Delhi, 8 September 2011: This year, International Literacy Day, celebrated worldwide on 8 September, is focusing on the link between literacy and peace. Children are not responsible for war, yet it robs them of their childhood. Wars and conflicts leave a trail of destruction behind them, especially for

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International Literacy Day: 8th September 2011

New Delhi, 8 September 2011: This year, International Literacy Day, celebrated worldwide on 8 September, is focusing on the link between literacy and peace. Children are not responsible for war, yet it robs them of their childhood. Wars and conflicts leave a trail of destruction behind them, especially for

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Disney, Mattel and Wal-mart toy-maker accused of child labour

Delhi, September 2011: A number of articles in the international media over recent days have referenced an investigative report by Hong Kong based non-profit organisation Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) after a toy-manufacturing supplier “Sturdy Products” was found to be using employees in sweatshop conditions, including child labour, to

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Disney, Mattel and Wal-mart toy-maker accused of child labour

Delhi, September 2011: A number of articles in the international media over recent days have referenced an investigative report by Hong Kong based non-profit organisation Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) after a toy-manufacturing supplier “Sturdy Products” was found to be using employees in sweatshop conditions, including child labour, to

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Death of Two 14-Year-Old Girls in an Illinois Field Underscores the Need for an Overhaul of U.S. Child Labor Laws – Groups Condemn New Laws that Weaken Protections for Young Workers in States

A Joint Press Release of the Child Labor Coalition and the Global March Against Child Labor
For release: August 1, 2011
Contacts: Reid Maki, Coordinator, Child Labor Coalition (202) 207-2820, reidm@nclnet.org & 
Nick Grisewood, Executive Director, Global March +353 61921685, nick@globalmarch.org
Washington, DC – The tragic death of two 14-year-old girls

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Global Trade Union Alliance to Combat Forced Labour and Trafficking

Global March is pleased to inform members and partners of the online newsletter “Emancipate” published by its Governing Board member, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). “Emancipate” is a regular newsflash from the Global Trade Union Alliance to Combat Forced Labour and Trafficking.
The regular e-newsletter includes a

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Global Trade Union Alliance to Combat Forced Labour and Trafficking

Global March is pleased to inform members and partners of the online newsletter “Emancipate” published by its Governing Board member, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). “Emancipate” is a regular newsflash from the Global Trade Union Alliance to Combat Forced Labour and Trafficking.
The regular e-newsletter includes a

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Civil Society Education Fund launches e-bulletin

In 2009, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) launched the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF), a global initiative to support civil society organisations in fulfilling the roles defined within the Dakar Framework for Action on Education For All. The fund also links into country-level processes of the Fast-Track

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Civil Society Education Fund launches e-bulletin

In 2009, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) launched the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF), a global initiative to support civil society organisations in fulfilling the roles defined within the Dakar Framework for Action on Education For All. The fund also links into country-level processes of the Fast-Track

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Retail fashion chain Zara under investigation for sweatshop in Brazil

New Delhi, 20 August 2011: A number of articles in the international media over recent days have reported on an investigation by Brazil’s Ministry of Labour into the Spanish retail fashion chain Zara after a contractor in São Paulo was found to be using employees in sweatshop conditions

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Retail fashion chain Zara under investigation for sweatshop in Brazil

New Delhi, 20 August 2011: A number of articles in the international media over recent days have reported on an investigation by Brazil’s Ministry of Labour into the Spanish retail fashion chain Zara after a contractor in São Paulo was found to be using employees in sweatshop conditions to

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End the persecution of students and teachers in Bahrain

15 August 2011: Global March has been concerned by information received in recent weeks from Education International (EI) and the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) over the on-going persecution and imprisonment of teachers and students for expressing their opinion in Bahrain. EI, together with Amnesty International, has called on

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Persecution of civil society and education campaigners in Malawi

16 August 2011: Global March is concerned following a report from the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) over challenges facing civil society organisations in Malawi. It would appear that members of the education coalition CSCQBE (the Civil Society Coalition for Quality Basic Education) are now facing prolonged and

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Concern over child labour in agriculture in USA

5 August 2011: Human Rights Watch (HRW), a member of the US Child Labor Coalition (part of the Global March network), has written to US Secretary of Labor Ms Hilda Solis regarding new 2010 data on child labour enforcement in agriculture in the USA. The new data shows that despite an

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Concern over child labour in agriculture in USA

5 August 2011: Human Rights Watch (HRW), a member of the US Child Labor Coalition (part of the Global March network), has written to US Secretary of Labor Ms Hilda Solis regarding new 2010 data on child labour enforcement in agriculture in the USA. The new data shows that despite an

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Global March joins UN Global Compact

New Delhi, 12 August 2011: Global March is pleased to announce that it has joined the register of participants of the United Nations Global Compact. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. Participants join because they share the conviction that business practices rooted

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Global March joins UN Global Compact

New Delhi, 12 August 2011: Global March is pleased to announce that it has joined the register of participants of the United Nations Global Compact. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. Participants join because they share the conviction that business practices rooted

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Niños y niñas comunicadores: agentes de cambio

Reunión de Red ANDI  AL en Costa Rica

La Red Andi es una agencia de movilización y capacitación de periodistas para la promoción de Derechos de la niñez  y la adolescencia.
 
La voz de la niñez y la adolescencia,  como motor de cambio y fuentes de información.

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Niños y niñas comunicadores: agentes de cambio

Reunión de Red ANDI  AL en Costa Rica
La Red Andi es una agencia de movilización y capacitación de periodistas para la promoción de Derechos de la niñez  y la adolescencia.
La voz de la niñez y la adolescencia,  como motor de cambio y fuentes de información.
Adolescentes de

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New positions available in Global Campaign for Education

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is looking for two new staff members to be located in its secretariat in Johannesburg, South Africa:

Head of Policy which is an open-ended contract and the application deadline is 5 September 2011. Click here for the

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LO Norway in mourning for lost labour youth

On 22 July 2011, Norway was devastated by a terrible attack on government buildings in Oslo and a massacre of young people taking part in a youth summer camp for the labour movement on the island of Utøya. As was the case with the entire international community, Global

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LO Norway in mourning for lost labour youth

On 22 July 2011, Norway was devastated by a terrible attack on government buildings in Oslo and a massacre of young people taking part in a youth summer camp for the labour movement on the island of Utøya. As was the case with the entire international community, Global

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Death of Two 14-Year-Old Girls in an Illinois Field Underscores the Need for an Overhaul of U.S. Child Labor Laws – Groups Condemn New Laws that Weaken Protections for Young Workers in States

For release: August 1, 2011
Contacts: Reid Maki, Coordinator, Child Labor Coalition (202) 207-2820, reidm@nclnet.org & 
Nick Grisewood, Executive Director, Global March +353 61921685, nick@globalmarch.org
Washington, DC – The tragic death of two 14-year-old girls while detasseling corn in Tampico, Illinois last week stands as a painful reminder that U.S. child

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New Complaints Mechanism for Children’s Rights Violations

On 17 June 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the final draft optional protocol on a communications procedure for children’s rights violations crafted by an intergovernmental working group over ten days in December 2010 and February 2011. The new protocol will enable the Committee on the

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New Complaints Mechanism for Children’s Rights Violations

On 17 June 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted the final draft optional protocol on a communications procedure for children’s rights violations crafted by an intergovernmental working group over ten days in December 2010 and February 2011. The new protocol will enable the Committee on the

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United Nations Anti-Trafficking Unit delving deeper into this issue

Vienna, Austria – Human trafficking for forced labor might be a greater problem than the more widely known problem of trafficking for sexual exploitation, says Kristiina Kangaspunta, the chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
“We don’t know that much

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Vulnerable groups and pesticides exposure

Geneva, 22 June 2011: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will highlight the impact of pesticides exposure on child labourers in agriculture during an international conference to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 22 June 2011. The panel on “Vulnerable groups and

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Vulnerable groups and pesticides exposure

Geneva, 22 June 2011
The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will highlight the impact of pesticides exposure on child labourers in agriculture during an international conference to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 22 June 2011. The panel on “Vulnerable groups

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International Day of the African Child: 16 June 2011

The International Day of the African Child is celebrated all over the world on 16 June. On this day in 1976, thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets of Soweto, South Africa. In a march more than half a mile long, they protested the inferior quality of their

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New ILO Report on Children in Hazardous Work

Geneva, 10th June 2011: To coincide with the 2011 World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June and its theme of hazardous work, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a new report on the issue which underscores what is already known about hazardous child labour, what can be

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New ILO Report on Children in Hazardous Work

Geneva, 10th June 2011: To coincide with the 2011 World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June and its theme of hazardous work, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a new report on the issue which underscores what is already known about hazardous child labour, what can be

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Recognition for India’s invisible workers

Domestic workers play an important role in the economy and they allow others to go out and earn money. Yet they remain invisible, unprotected and their contribution is often not recognised.
 
New Delhi, India: Kuwari’s face lights up with pride as she writes her name

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Recognition for India’s invisible workers

Domestic workers play an important role in the economy and they allow others to go out and earn money. Yet they remain invisible, unprotected and their contribution is often not recognised.
 
New Delhi, India: Kuwari’s face lights up with pride as she writes her name

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European Parliament adopts resolution on domestic work convention

Global March welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of a resolution on the proposed International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention and Recommendation on the domestic work sector that is expected to be adopted by the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland, on 16 June 2011.
The resolution

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ITUC publishes new global survey on violation of trade union rights

8 June 2011: Global March Governing Board member the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has published its 2010 Annual of Violations of Trade Union Rights. Colombia and the Americas maintain the lead in a grim record of murder and repression of workers involved in trade union activities in the

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World Day Against Child Labour 2011: Human Rights Watch urges adoption of new ILO convention on Domestic Work

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is one of the world’s leading independent organisations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, the organisation aims to give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. HRW conducts rigorous, objective investigations

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Former child domestic worker addresses ILO committee on new convention

Geneva, 2 June 2011: Global March has launched a major online campaign to lobby for support for the proposed new convention on the domestic work sector at the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) annual conference (ILC) being held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1 to 17 June 2011. As part of

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International Day of the African Child: 16 June 2011

The International Day of the African Child is celebrated all over the world on 16 June. On this day in 1976, thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets of Soweto, South Africa. In a march more than half a mile long, they protested the inferior quality of their

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Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco-growing

The Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco-growing (ECLT) Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, has recently published its annual report for 2010. The report describes its programmes and achievements in five tobacco-growing countries in Central Asia and Africa: Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. It also sets out its new strategic plan

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G8: Freedom and democracy highlights but development promises still languish

The Leaders of the G8 countries met in Deauville, France on 26 and 27 May 2011 and reaffirmed their commitments to the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality in the G8 Declaration on Renewed Commitment for Freedom and Democracy, May 2011. G8 leaders envisaged financial aid of

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International Consultation on Roadmap 2016 and the Garment-Manufacturing Sector

Nearly 100 representatives from multinational garment corporations, social audit firms, garment manufacturers, trade unions, civil society, government agencies and the United Nations attended the International Consultation on Roadmap 2016 and the Garment-Manufacturing Sector organised by Global March Against Child Labour. The one-day consultation was held in New Delhi, India, on 11

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Message from GCE President on Gender Equality in Education

Newly elected President of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) Ms Camilla Croso has written to all GCE members regarding the critical issue of gender equality in all aspects of education, marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in 2011 (held on 8th March). Ensuring gender equality

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Signs of growth in child labour emerge in Colombia

2 May 2011: According to a report by the non-profit communications agency PANDI in Colombia, the country experienced a sharp rise in the volume of child workers between 2007 and 2009, with a growth of around 35 per cent. The report cites figures issued by DANE, the national

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Final report on public and private activities to eliminate child labour in cocoa

“Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour in the Cocoa Sector in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana” is a four and a half year project spearheaded by the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University, USA, and financed by the U.S.

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Global March welcomes new Indonesian anti-trafficking law

7th April 2011: Global March has welcomed the news that the government of Indonesia has passed a long-awaited law against trafficking. Under the new law, those found guilty of helping to transport illegal migrants into the country could now face prison terms of up to 15 years and a

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Child labour on the rise in Zimbabwe

23 March 2011: Global March is concerned at further reports of an increase in the incidence of child labour in Zimbabwe. According to a recent article in a national newspaper, the Family Aids Caring Trust (FACT), a civil society organisation operating in the country, claims that nearly 60 per

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Never Work Alone: Trade unions and civil society fighting against slavery and trafficking

Global March member, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), has joined forces with Anti-Slavery International (ASI) to produce a new guide for trade unions and civil society organisations in combating modern-day slavery and trafficking of workers. In introducing the guide, the heads of ITUC and ASI point out

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Global March condemns attack on child rights activists in Delhi

17 March 2011, New Delhi: Global March has learned that Chairperson Kailash Satyarthi and four other child rights activists have been injured during a rescue effort to save child bonded labourers from zari embroidery units in an area of New Delhi, India. The BBA rescue team, led by BBA

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Numbers of street children grows worldwide

14 March 2011: If we spent one second naming all the street children in the world it would take more than 3 years to name them all. The number of children living and working on the streets worldwide is now estimated at over 100 million, according to the UN

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Ivory Coast descends into humanitarian crisis

14 March 2011: As each news bulletin emerges on the continuing crisis in Ivory Coast, the greater the concern for the future of this once stable and potentially prosperous West African nation. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported that more than 450,000 people have fled

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Global March expresses solidarity with teachers in USA

04 March 2011: Global March is concerned at the news emerging from the USA in recent weeks regarding the budgetary action being put forward in several states which would strip the fundamental collective bargaining rights of hundreds of thousands of state employees, including teachers. At a time when the

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Dark underbelly of cottonseed production in India

India has the distinction of having the largest area under cotton cultivation in the world and has been a pioneer in developing hybrid cotton seeds for commercial use. The Indian cotton seed industry is also marked by a high proportion of child labour among its workforce.1 The genetically modified

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Agricultural Workers’ Union of Liberia receives Iqbal Masih Award

In 2009, the United States Congress established the Iqbal Masih Award to acknowledge the efforts of particular organisations around the world which have contributed significantly to the promotion and protection of children’s rights. The award was established to ensure that the spirit of Iqbal Masih would live on.

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Child labour growing in Apple supply chain

16 February 2011: The Apple Supplier Responsibility 2011 Progress Report admits that, in 2010, 91 cases of child labour were recorded during its own audits at factories in China assembling the popular gadgets marketed by the US consumer electronic giant. It mentions “our audits of 127 facilities revealed 10

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US students lend their voice to “Slavery Still Exists” campaign

Inspired by the “Slavery Still Exists” Photo Campaign launched by the anti-slavery and trafficking organisation Polaris Project in 2005 in the US, a group of students from Stevenson University in Maryland, USA, have applied a similar photo-based campaign to raise awareness on slavery and trafficking through social networks

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EFA Mid-Decade Assessment and Mid-Term Policy Review

The UNESCO regional office in Bangkok has recently announced the publication of the findings of the “Asia-Pacific Education For All Mid-Decade Assessment and Mid-Term Policy Review (MDA and MTR) Evaluation”. Carried out from 2006-2009, these processes focused on building capacities of countries in the region to review progress

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Child labour risk for internally displaced children in Ivory Coast

Social unrest in the wake presidential election violence in Ivory Coast has compelled thousands of people to flee the region and take refuge in the districts of Danané, Binhouye and Zouan-Hounien or spilling over into neighbouring Liberia. UNICEF estimates that that the effects of the political crisis on

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Rising food prices and impact on children

The current spike in global food prices is attracting attention globally but not to the extent that it requires.  World food prices surged to a new historic peak in January, for the seventh consecutive month, according to the updated Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index, a commodity

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Governing Board member appointed to UN Trafficking Trust Fund

Global March is pleased to announce the appointment of Governing Board member Ms Virginia Murillo Herrera, President of the Costa Rican Chapter of Defence for Children International (DCI), to the Board of Trustees of the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. The Trust Fund was established by UN Secretary-General

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Rising food prices and impact on children

The current spike in global food prices is attracting attention globally but not to the extent that it requires.  World food prices surged to a new historic peak in January, for the seventh consecutive month, according to the updated Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index, a commodity

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National Floor Level : Minimum Wage in India

There are 340 million workers in the unorganised sector in India who are not covered by any social security measures, including the Minimum Wage Act 1948. In order to have a uniform wage structure and to reduce the disparity in minimum wages across the country, a concept of

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Tackling child labour in tobacco farming in Malawi

Former Global March intern, George Mwika Kayange, is calling on the government of Malawi to table the long-awaited Tobacco Tenancy Bill during the forthcoming sitting of the country’s parliament. Labour Minister Yunus Mussa hinted at such a development in an interview in national newspapers earlier this month and

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Human Rights Watch World Report 2011: A Façade of Action

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has published its 21st Annual World Report summarising human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects extensive investigative work undertaken in 2010 by Human Rights Watch staff, usually in close partnership with domestic human rights activists.
According to HRW,

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Global March celebrates its 13th anniversary

17 January 2011: Thirteen years after setting out from Manila on a worldwide movement against child labour, the Global March marks its anniversary today with the goal of building on important developments in 2010 in raising the profile of child labour on the international development

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Speak Up – Stop Discrimination!

The international community observes Human Rights Day every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. When the General Assembly adopted the Declaration, it was proclaimed as a “common standard

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Concern over situation in Ivory Coast as UN pulls out

7 December 2010: Faced with rising political and civil tensions in Ivory Coast following the dramatic outcome of the presidential election, the United Nations has today announced a withdrawal of non-essential staff from various agencies into neighbouring Gambia and Senegal. Some multinational companies, including cocoa

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Marking the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 2, 2010: The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is annually observed on December 2 to remind people that modern slavery works against human rights.
The day also encourages people to put meaning to the words of the Universal

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European multinationals attack minimum wage in Vietnam

The General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Mr John Monks has described as “totally unacceptable” the position of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) threatening withdrawal of European investment in the country if minimum wages are raised. The General Secretary of the International

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Global South-South Development Expo 2010 concludes at ILO

For over 30 years, South-South Cooperation (SSC) has been part of the UN strategy for advancing regional development agendas in the South. Enabling developing countries to take greater control of regional and national progress, it is now more critical than ever as the world tackles

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Child labour in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Global March Board member, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released a report on 24 November 2010 on the situation of core labour standards in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The release was timed to coincide with the review of the trade policies of the DRC by the General

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Light for Rights – World AIDS Day 2010

This year’s World AIDS Day will continue to reinforce the vital issue of the need to respect the fundamental human rights of those living with HIV/AIDS and tackle discrimination where it may occur in communities, in the workplace and in society in general.
World AIDS

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World Social Security Report

A new report by the International Labour Office (ILO) says that while social security measures have played a critical role in reducing the social impact of economic crises both now and in the past, basic social security coverage remains out of reach for most of the world, especially

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Serious ongoing rights violations in Papua New Guinea

Serious and continued violations of fundamental rights are disclosed in a new report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) on core labour standards in Papua New Guinea, published to coincide with the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) review of this country’s trade policies.
 
The rights to form

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Millions of children to lose schools unless Western donors help

Education International renewed its calls for a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) at the meeting of education donor nations in Madrid, Spain, in November 2010. The lack of support from the West could force poor countries to shut schools and sack teachers, depriving millions of children of education. The

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Inter-Agency Report on Trade and Employment

12 November: Open markets play a pivotal role in supporting growth and job creation, says a new joint report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). But, it adds, trade opening must be

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Seoul G20 Declaration not enough to allay fears over global austerity measures

The G20 Summit in Seoul ended on 12 November 2010 issuing a declaration which, while acknowledging the importance of job creation at the heart of the recovery and the need to provide social protection for the most vulnerable, still does not go far enough in easing major concerns

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Final report of 2010 Global Child Labour Conference

The final report of the Global Child Labour Conference held in The Hague, May 2010, is now available from the conference organisers, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Over 500 representatives from 97 countries around the world participated

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New ILO report for G20 Summit

8 November 2010: Echoing the call of the ITUC and the Global Unions for G20 leaders to place job creation at the centre of the response to the economic crisis, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a new statistical update on employment and labour market trends in the

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Global March supports demands for release of imprisoned professor in Colombia

Global March Governing Board member Education International (EI) has launched a new urgent action appeal to call on the government of Colombia to release Miguel Ángel Beltrán Villegas, a university professor and trade unionist who has been imprisoned.
EI explains that Professor Beltrán was first tried in 2009

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ITUC calls on World Bank to complete overhaul of Doing Business Report

4 November 2010: According to Global March Governing Board member, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the 2011 edition of the World Bank’s Doing Business report includes a welcome first step for revising the report’s past practice of encouraging countries to dismantle labour and social regulations, which it did by granting

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2010 Human Development Report

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its publication theHuman Development Report on 4th November 2010. The 2010 Report, entitled The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development, was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who

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EU Presidency to put Financial Transaction Tax on G20 agenda in Seoul

3 November 2010: The Belgian government has announced plans to use its Presidency of the European Union (EU) to put the Global Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) on the G20 agenda in Seoul, Korea, from 11-12 November 2010.
The announcement was made by Mr Didier Reynders, Belgium’s Finance Minister, who

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Core labour standard violations in Belize

3 November 2010: The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has submitted a new report to provide additional information to the General Council of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in its review of trade policies of Belize. The report finds that internationally recognised core labour standards are violated especially with

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New core labour standards report on Sri Lanka

3 November 2010: The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has submitted a new report to provide additional information to the General Council of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in its review of trade policies of Sri Lanka. In the report, the ITUC notes that although Sri Lanka has ratified

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Campaign continues for Global Financial Transaction Tax

As the G20 Summit in Seoul approaches (click here for more information), the pressing call for a Global Financial Transaction Tax continues. Global March members and partners will recall an appeal we launched on this issue earlier this year when members and partners were urged to sign up

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New draft ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Agriculture

Experts representing workers, employers and governments, meeting at the International Labour Organization (ILO) from 25 to 29 October 2010 have adopted a new draft Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Agriculture designed to improve working conditions in agriculture which employs some one billion workers worldwide.
The

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Concern over impact of austerity measures ahead of Seoul G20 Summit

The build-up to the next G20 Summit to be held in Seoul, Korea, from 11 to 12 November 2010 is well under way, yet there is little room for much optimism in light of the ongoing austerity measures being announced and implemented by a number of industrial nations.

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Global March welcomes election of new Brazilian President

1st November 2010: Global March welcomes the news that Ms Dilma Rousseff has been elected President of Brazil to succeed President Lula da Silva. Ms Rousseff, who takes up office on 1st January 2011, will become the country’s first woman president.
In her victory speech, she said her first

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World March of Women closes 3rd international action 2010

The World March of Women (WMW) is closing its third international action in Bukavu, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), from 14 to 17 October 2010. More than 38,000 women have joined the action since it was opened on International Women’s Day 8th March 2010. Women and allies

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The challenge of hunger: Focus on the crisis of child under-nutrition

2010 Global Hunger Index
As the world approaches the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which include MDG 1 to reduce the proportion of hungry people by half – the 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI) offers a useful and multi-dimensional overview of global hunger.

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Peace, principles and courage to fight crisis together

In a rousing call to action, Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International (pictured here), told 400 international delegates at the Quality Public Services – Action Now! Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, to challenge the threat to vital public services “peacefully, principally and courageously”.
Describing austerity measures being advocated by some

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Lobbying for legislation to commit the US to a Global Education Fund

Despite world leaders committing to achieve universal primary education by 2015 as part of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Summit in 2000, this goal remains unfulfilled with limited progress and time running out. However, an article on the Education International web site points out that new legislation in

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8th ASEM Summit closes calling for more effective global economic governance

The 8th Summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was held in Brussels, Belgium, from 4th to 5th October 2010. The Summit addressed a range of issues, particularly the global economic crisis, and also focused on the relationship between the two regions. The objectives of these Summits are to strengthen political dialogue,

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World Day for Decent Work, 7 October 2010

Following a decision of the 2nd World Congress of Global March Governing Board member the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in Vancouver, Canada, this summer, the ITUC is to convene the 3rd World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) as usual on 7th October 2010. In previous years, the

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Reports of persistence of child labour and trafficking in Francophone Africa

On 4th October, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released a report on core labour standards in Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali, coinciding with the Trade Policy Review of these three countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The report found poor compliance with international labour standards, especially with regard to

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Unions call for rejection of austerity programmes and focus on job creation

Concerned by the faltering pace of global economic recovery, which has yet to produce real recovery for millions of workers and unemployed men and women, Global March Governing Board member theInternational Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and its Global Unions’ partners (among which is Global March Governing Board member Education International, EI)

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Global March urges close attention to child protection and education in aftermath of Pakistan flooding

Global March has had recent contact with member organisations in Pakistan GODH (which translates as “Mother’s Lap” in English), SPARC (Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child) and the EPOCH Welfare Society. These organisations all focus on the rights and well-being of children in Pakistan,

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Education For All – Child Labor For None!

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), a member of Global March US affiliate the Child Labor Coalition, has published an article highlighting the link between the ongoing incidence of child labour worldwide and the need to advance the development goal of Education For All. The article was published

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Global March Against Child Labour receives the 25th International Alfonso Comín Award

Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson, Global March against Child Labour received the 25thInternational Alfonso Comín Award.  For the  efforts to end child labour, condemning systems that require children to work, both at the global, national and regional levels, and exerting pressure to achieve political changes and jointly developing policies and

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Anti-trafficking movement hails landmark conviction by Visayan Forum Foundation Inc. (VFFI), Global March International Council Member

Anti-trafficking movement hails landmark conviction by Visayan Forum Foundation Inc. (VFFI), Global March International Council Member
 A multi-sectoral network against trafficking in the Philippines led by Visayan Forum Foundation Inc. (VFFI) hails a landmark verdict handed down by a local judge in Batangas City last June 30 against a

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From Practice to Policy: A Paradigm Shift in Human Trafficking

Forced labour, slavery and trafficking in human beings are not distinct practices any more. In March 2007 the UNODC along with other UN agencies and the NGOs launched the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking with a very strong emphasis on forced and bonded labour. Similarly, in one

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children For Peace and Peace For Children – Stand up for the Tibetan child victims

Children For Peace and Peace For Children – Stand up for the Tibetan child victims
New Delhi 11th April 2008 – For the First time 100s of children from India and Tibet joined hands on the street of the capital to demand protection for the rights of children

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EFA only hope for millions of child laborers to freedom and security

EFA only hope for millions of child laborers to freedom and security
 Welcoming the establishment of Global Task Force on child labor and education Mr. Kailash Satyarthi termed it as one of the most promising developments towards addressing the inter-linkages around poverty, education and child labor. The Global Task Force

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Demonstrators question the relevance of SAARC protocols outside the SAARC summit venue in New Delhi

Demonstrators question the relevance of SAARC protocols outside the SAARC summit venue in New Delhi

 
 

 

 
 

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EFA only hope for millions of child laborers to freedom and security

EFA only hope for millions of child laborers to freedom and security

 

Welcoming the establishment of Global Task Force on child labor and education Mr. Kailash Satyarthi termed it as one of the most promising developments towards

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EFA only hope for millions of child laborers to freedom and security

EFA only hope for millions of child laborers to freedom and security

 

Welcoming the establishment of Global Task Force on child labor and education Mr. Kailash Satyarthi termed it as one of the most promising developments towards

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Regional Meeting of National Coordinators of Central America, Mexico and The Caribbean of Global March Against Child Labour

Regional Meeting of National Coordinators of Central America, Mexico and The Caribbean of Global March Against Child Labour

The main objective of this meeting was to evaluate the efforts developed in the region addressing the eradication of

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India Launches Liberation Caravan (Mukti Caravan) Against Child Labour

India Launches Liberation Caravan (Mukti Caravan) Against Child Labour

 

The launch of Mukti Caravan

 
 

 

 

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CHILDREN FOR PEACE, PEACE FOR CHILDREN

CHILDREN FOR PEACE, PEACE FOR CHILDREN

 

 

 

 

 

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Kailash Satyarthi decorated with Freedom award at Freedom Festival

Kailash Satyarthi decorated with Freedom award at Freedom Festival

 
 

 

 
 

 

Kailash Satyarthi was

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ICFTU and Global March strategy meeting outcomes on combating child labour

ICFTU and Global March strategy meeting outcomes on combating child labour

International trade union organizations and representatives from the Global March Against child labour and the Stop child labour Campaign took part in workshop sessions hosted

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Blackboard March By Children To Demand Law For Free, Compulsory Education

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Blackboard march by children to demand law for free, compulsory education

Blackboard march by children to demand law for free, compulsory education

Blackboard march by children to demand law for free, compulsory education

New Delhi , 21 February 2006: Today, over 1000 children led the Blackboard March from the Jantar

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Monterrey: E-9 Education Ministers miserably fail to address child labour as the greatest impediment to EFA

Monterrey: E-9 Education Ministers miserably fail to address child labour as the greatest impediment to EFA

The Ministers of Education of the E-9 countries, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan, met in

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Global March’s 8th Anniversary Celebration

Global March’s 8th Anniversary Celebration

Global March to Peace March
Sweden support Peace March

The 8th Anniversary of Global March was celebrated in Sweden on 17 th. of January

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Monterrey: E-9 Education Ministers miserably fail to address child labour as the greatest impediment to EFA

Global March’s 8th Anniversary Celebration
The Ministers of Education of the E-9 countries, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan, met in Monterrey, Mexico, from 14 – 15 February 2006 to accelerate the progress and strengthen mutual cooperation in achieving Education for All (EFA). While the

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The 7th Anniversary of Global March, Sweden

The 7th Anniversary of Global March, Sweden

The Swedish Global March observed the 7th Anniversary of Global March on 17th January 2005. In spite of Swedish cold and windy weather an impressive number of children, men

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