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. They need a uniﬁed cross-country and global response. This thoughtwas sparked by Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate 2014 and Chairperson, Global March Against Child Labour and Senator Cristovam Buarque Ph.D and Brazilian Senator, to bring together members of parliament from different continents on the issue of children rights.
While the idea of bringing together parliamentarians across countries and regions is not new, the notion of “Parliamentarians Without Borders for Children’s Rights (PWB)” has still not caught on, especially on issues of human rights, particularly slavery and child labour. ‘Parliamentarians Without Borders’ will give parliamentarians the opportunity to address the issue of children rights with their direct counterparts in different parts of the world.
Freedom is the soil for democracy. But children who are trafﬁcked, enslaved and exploited as child labourers are denied freedom. They are denied the right to a free childhood.
PWB is an active group of members of parliament from different countries, spanning across continents working together to create awareness about children rights and ways to implement those rights into local and international law, fulﬁlling the parliamentarians’ primary obligation as legislators. The parliamentarians will work within the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.