Global March

Advocating for Decent Work for Youth and Eradicating Child Labour in Latin America

Latin America region records the third highest prevalence of child labour in the world, with estimated 17.5 million children aged 5-14 years said to be working for their survival of which 11 million are in child labour and the remaining 6.5 million in hazardous work. In comparison with other regions, mainly Africa and Asia-Pacific, there has been progress in reducing child labour in many countries in Latin America. Moreover, this region holds the most important decrease in hazardous child labour in the world according to the Regional Office of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). However,  this progress has suffered stagnation in the last years and it has not been shared equally across or within countries; where significant groups, including indigenous children, have been left behind. The distribution of labour done by children in Latin America region is divided in the following economic sectors; agriculture (52%), industries (13%) and services (35%). The services sector is especially prominent in this region, making up more than one third of the total number of children labourers. Despite the challenges, the number of child labourers in the Latin America region have never been this low which provides an opportunity to eliminate child labour within the time-frame set by goal of 8.7. Unfortunately the national governments are not stepping in to fill the gap. Focus on this region is necessary because of the stagnation of the economic development of the region there is a risk of a downfall.

By working with our local members and partners, Global March seeks to create awareness, strengthen advocacy, mobilise political will, build relationships and empower communities towards making Latin America, the first (Global south) region free of child labour by 2025 as per SDG 8.7, and that all children are enjoying free, quality, inclusive and equitable education as per SDG 4.

Our latest projects have not focussed only at the national level, but in the region as a whole, with the aim to strengthen the movement across Latin America. However, some activities and campaigns differ among sub-regions (Central and South America) and countries.


Engaging in research on the prevalence of child labour in different markets and supply chains from a   multi-stakeholder approach, connecting private sector with (local) CSOs, with the aim to strengthen advocacy based on evidence for the eradication of child labour.

  • In collaboration with a big metallurgic company from The Netherlands and our partner in Peru, a  research was carried-out on the presence of child labour in the production of zinc and tin. This project is a forerunner for the International Business Conduct Agreement (IRBC) for the metallurgic sector in the Netherlands.

20th Anniversary and World Day against Child Labour Celebrations

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Global March as well as the World Day Against Child Labour by organising events and mobilising, physically and digitally, our partners worldwide to raise awareness on child labour and advocate for its elimination.

  • Virtual March Against Child Labour was organised by Global March throughout the month of May 2018 on Facebook and Twitter. The Virtual March raised awareness on child labour to advocate for the universal ratification and implementation of the key child labour Conventions, i.e ILO Conventions Nos. 138 and 182, as well as the achievement of SDG Target 8.7. It mobilised voices across different online platforms through diverse mediums on this issue, engaging stakeholders such as children, youth, employers’ and workers’ organisations, influencers, parliamentarians and civil society, among others and reached 858000 people on Twitter and 206000 on Facebook across 4 continents of the world.
  • On June 12, World Day Against Child Labour diverse activities were carried out by Global March partners in Latin America:

Peru: In Peru, CESIP organised  awareness raising activities on child labour and children’s rights involving teachers from 6 educational institutions. Students also created banner on the theme of ending child labour for the World Day Against Child Labour. Coordination activities were also carried out with the Women Emergency Center as well as the Security Management of the Municipality of Lima, to train their personnel on child labour and its worst forms.

Costa Rica: In Costa Rica, DNI Costa Rica has been promoting a forum on the situation in contexts of adolescent migration and shelter as well as on adolescents in conflict.To commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour, three testimonial videos of adolescent child labourers from the construction sector, domestic homes and factories, was shared on the social media.  Apart from this, learning of  boys and girls of EEMPATA project was also circulated on social media networks.  The "Rompé el silencio’ campaign on human and labour rights of adolescents was reignited and messages from the community of Pavas were collected, under the project ‘Adolescentes Trabajadores por un Escenario Mejor”.

Chile: In Chile, OPCION continued advocating with Parliamentarians and Government on ending child labour by sending them postal mails. Children from the Children’s Group organised by OPCION participated in a TV show talking about their rights.

Colombia: In Colombia, FundacIón Mundo Mejor participated in the virtual march against child labour and highlighted the activism carried out by Yhon Eduar Angulo, a man who empowered adolescents and young people living without parental care under the state protection.

Paraguay: In Paraguay, Fundacion DEQUENI organised exhibition of the works of NN, to commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour. Additionally, workshop with schools on the causes and consequences of child labour were also organised in one of the districts. Fundacion DEQUENI also carried out training and sensitisation activities on rights of children and adolescents with Human Rights Directorate, Directorate of Children and Adolescents of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security etc.,as well as with the Sugarcane Association of Cañicultores.

Argentina: In Argentina, CTERA supported the Virtual March Against Child Labour through social media coverage on the social networks of Ctera and CePaDeHu and organised awareness activities amongst people on ending child labour.

Honduras: In Honduras, COIPRODEN participated in the commemorative forum organised on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour and supported the Virtual March to apprise people on the situation of child labour in Honduras through social media.

Panama:  In Panama, IDEMI organised a training for 300 adolescents on prevention of worst forms of child labour as well as on sexual exploitation of children. Virtual participation of 40 leaders and children from the Benigno Jimenez de Sabanita School was organised on June 4 for the ILO event in Geneva to renew commitments on the agreements made as per ILO Conventions 182 and 138 and SDG 8.7 on ending child labour. Additionally, two videos on consequences of child domestic labour in third party households and health risks of worst forms of child labour were produced and shown to children in schools.


Engagements with Parliamentarians

Engaging with policy makers and members of Parliament at national, regional and global levels through our partners and also through specific meetings of Parliamentarians Without Borders for Children’s Rights (PWB) initiative.

  • In 2018 during the Third Global Meet of PWB held in Brussels, 2 MPs from Latin America were present, 1 from Costa Rica and 1 from Paraguay, representing both sub-regions and activating once again the participation and engagement of Parliamentarians from this side of the world to address the issues of child labour and forced labour.

Updating mapping

Updating information on the incidence and situation of child labour and a clear map of key actors in the two sub-regions of Latin America. Tha mapping aims to contributing to the construction and mobilisation of a regional agenda of political advocacy and social communication among Global March members and partners around the Goal 8.7 during 2019 and at the same time provide voluntary reports on this goal.

Mobilisation of Global March partners

Global March partners from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá - Central America; Colombia, Perú, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil - South America came together in regular virtual meetings discussing mutual and different challenges in the region and brought ideas on how to work together to create a regional agenda with practical steps, including the set up for the updating of the regional mapping.   

Central America  

Costa Rica- DNI - Regional Coordination 
Guatemala- CEIPA  
Nicaragua- Dos Generaciones 
Panamá- IDEMI


South America 

Peru- CESIP - Regional Coordination
Argentina- CTERA, CePaDeHu
Colombia- Fundación Mundo Mejor 
Chile- Opción
Paraguay- Dequení

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