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Day of the African Child
June 13, 2022
Thursday, June 16, 2022 The Day of the African Child was established by the Organisation of African Unity on June 22, 1991. The date chosen commemorates June 16, 1976, when 10,000 to 20,000 black high school children marched in a column more than half a mile long in Soweto. They were protesting against being forced […]
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World Day Against Child Labor
June 11, 2022
Sunday, June 12, 2022 is the World Day Against Child Labor. In 2002, the International Labour Organization launched the World Day Against Child Labour to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. The World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, […]
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Child labor in agriculture
June 11, 2022
May 30, 2022 A group of UN human rights experts have welcomed the adoption of the Durban Call to Action on the Elimination of Child Labor on 20 May 2022 by representatives of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, UN agencies, civil society and regional organizations attending the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour […]
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Campaigns


Buying a carpet

The Society is promoting ‘Rugmark’ carpets — hand-woven carpets, which carry a guarantee against the use of child labor — in preference to carpets made by children (some as young as four years of age). ‘Rugmark’.  In August 1994, the Rugmark Foundation was registered in India by a consortium comprising the following business associations and […]

Child labor in Fashion

Designers pledge for child labour-free fashion world The Fashion Design Council of India has collaborated with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation to launch #Notmadebychildren campaign. The campaign aims to stop child labour in India’s fashion and textile industries. “There are so many people who follow fashion,” Kailash said. “So, I feel this is one of the […]

Child trafficking in sport

According to the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, sports are not immune to the sale and exploitation of children.  There have been cases of large-scale sexual abuse of children within gymnastics, football and other sports. Moreover, there are several practices that can amount to the sale of children specifically in […]

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Raids/Rescues


Boys rescued in raids in India

Four boys — one as young as 12 — were rescued by raids were conducted in commercial establishments in the State of Tamil Nadu in India. The 12-year-old worked in a bakery, a 15-year-old boy in a gas station, and the two 16-year olds in motor mechanic shop.  The raids occurred on September 22, 24, […]

Children rescued from construction side in India

For the second time in a month, boys have been rescued from a construction site in Trichy.  Eight boys aged 15-16 were rescued.  Six were from Jharkhand, one from West Bengal and another from Tamil Nadu.  The rescue involved our program partners in India, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan.  The boys were forced to work in unsafe […]