23 September 2013. The ILO publishes updated data on child labour. The global number of child labourers has decreased since 2000. The objective to eliminate worst forms of child labour by 2016 will not be met in the current pace. Asia-Pacific and Sub-Sahara Africa are the most critical regions in absolute and proportion numbers of child labourers. Those are the major data provided by the 2013 ILO Report on Child Labour.
Terre des Hommes’ approach to child labour
Terre des Hommes seeks to fight against the most exploitative and hazardous forms of child labour. In lower exploitative situation, Terre des Hommes focuses its action to make sure that basic rights such as education, health and social protection are ensured for working children.
The approach to child labour has evolved along decades. Nowadays Terre des Hommes continues fighting exploitation and worst forms of labour while developing comprehensive and pragmatic solutions based on the daily needs of the children’s family and community. We also work on empowering working children to associate and claim their rights together.
The voice of a working child
Opinions and views of children in work situations are at the core of Terre des Hommes work to influence laws, policy, practices, behaviours, both locally and internationally. On 12th June 2012, Terre des Hommes organised a conference on child domestic work in Geneva. Our next “rendez-vous” with governments and international actors will take place at the 3rd Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia on 8-10th October 2013.
“I am Mukta. I am 10 years old and I work in a shoes factory in Dhaka. I do not like it, because the work causes severe pain in my eyes. But I am happy to go to the school of SEEP. The best is that I can read better now”.
SEEP is a partner organisation of Terre des Hommes (Netherlands) in Bangladesh, running a special school for working children. SEEP tries to ensure education for working children, to improve the working conditions in the factories and find the less harmful jobs for children’s health.
ILO Press Release on Report “Making Progress against Child Labour: Estimates and Trends 2000-2012” (23 September 2013)
ILO Full Report “Making Progress against Child Labour: Estimates and Trends 2000-2012”