Children working in India's brick kilns. Photo: madebysurvivors.com
Child Slavery: Tell the UN to act
Last week, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),the 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 first End Child Slavery Week – which will be an annual event
Sadly the scourge of child slavery continues to blight many communities. It is estimated that 5.5 million children are in slavery. Indeed there are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history. Child slavery is itself running at an all-time high. 26% of slaves today are children under 18 years, with some being as young as five. Forced to work for upto 18 hours a day, these children are sold at prices less than even that of cattle.
As part of the weeks action a petition is being circulated calling on the UN to do more to tackle child slavery. The petition which will be sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and in particular calls on the abolition of child slavery to be incorporated into the post- 2015 Development Agenda or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It is not too late to find out more and sign the petition which can be found at Sign Petition