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 of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in 1989. Today on its 26th anniversary which is also celebrated as the Universal Children’s Day, Global March Against Child Labour reinstates the importance of prioritising and investing in children.
Even though in just over a generation, the world has cut child death rates by half, put over 90% children in primary schools, and provided 2.6 million more people with safe water, the world still remains an unsafe and inequitable society for children, especially for the most poor and disadvantaged. The situation has been further aggravated by the on-going emergencies making 250 million children a part of the conflict ridden countries and over 200,000 risking their lives and seeking refuge in Europe.
While there has not been much change in the number of children engaged in forced labour, the adoption of the Target 8.7 and 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gives us immense hope to turn the tables around and see a progressive change in the years to come. That is why Global March Against Child Labour is working hard to convince world leaders to invest their resources in children, so that every child gets a fair chance to close the persistent gaps in equity. Moreover it would not be an understatement to say that it is right in principle and right in practice to direct national and international policies towards betterment of children, especially the most vulnerable, as it would bring multiple benefits not only to them, but also their families, communities and economies.
A dedicated team at Global March Against Child Labour is raising its voice against child labour, slavery and trafficking everyday. We are doing our bit, and now is the time for you to take action and spread the message of ending child labour for good.
A small but a significant step would be to raise awareness, even if it is on social media. You can do that right now by sharing a very hard hitting video made by Publicis Pixelpark, Germany on child labour in business supply chains.
Everything you buy might not be worth it. To know what all products have child labour involved in them and what action you can take to help stop it, click here. Once you see it, you won’t look at your shopping list the same way.
Watch the video below to see the reality of your day to day products. To view it in German, click here.
Once you have awakened from the reality, share it amongst your friends, family and foes on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
If we take action now, then in next fifteen years we will be able to turn the page. Let us aim high, and try to build a world free of child labourers, free of exploited children, free of trafficked slaves and a world that will not need a post 2030 Agenda.
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