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CHILD LABOUR & EDUCATION

Child Labour - Information
Engaging with Companies and CSR Initiatives
brochure Stop Child Labour, Apr 2017
Since the start of the coalition in 2003, Stop Child Labour has engaged with companies and CSR initiatives in a wide variety of forms and roles. This document will provide more information on what is expected from companies... »
Cooperating with the Private Sector in Child Labour Free Zones in India
Stop Child Labour, Mar 2017
Efforts to reduce and remediate child labour require attention from multiple angles. One key element is the role of the private sector. This guide focuses on how CBOs, NGOs and Trade Unions can effectively engage private sector actors in their efforts to eradicate child labour. »
Child Labour Due Diligence Law for companies adopted by Dutch Parliament
ICN, Feb 8, 2017
On February 7, 2017 the Child Labour Due Diligence Law, initiated by member Van Laar (Labour Party), was adopted by the Dutch Parliament. The law requires companies to examine whether child labour occurs in their production chain. »
Multi-stakeholder meeting on child labour in leather and footwear in Agra, India (16/17 February 2017)
Stop Child Labour, Jan 2017
On 16 - 17 February 2017, The Fair Labor Association, Stop Child Labour Coalition and iMentor are organizing a multi-stakeholder meeting titled Strengthening Children’s Rights and Decent Work in the Agra Leather and Footwear Cluster. »
Child Labour Free Zones in India
flyer Stop Child Labour, Jan 2017
A child labour free zone is a specific area, such as a village, plantation, urban neighborhood or an industrial cluster, where everyone is convinced that ‘No child should be working, every child should be in school! »
Branded Childhood: Garment brands contribute to low wages, long working hours, child labour and school dropouts in Bangladesh
press release Stop Child Labour, Jan 24, 2017
These are important findings of the report Branded Childhood published by Stop Child Labour and SOMO. Almost 50% of the textiles produced in Bangladesh are exported to the European Union. International brands and retailers should therefore play a key role in ensuring that the rights of all workers and their children are respected. »
Public declaration of creation of Child Labour Free Zones in Tirupur & Statelevel Consulation on stepping stones for Child Labour Free Zone (CLFZ)
SAVE, Dec 28, 2016
The people of 16 and 17th ward formally declared Pandiyan Nagar and Annanagar in Tirupur as Child Labour Free Zones (CLFZ). Child Labour Free Zones are geographical areas where no distinction is made between different forms of child Labour and where all children are withdrawn from labour and reenrolled into formal schools. »
Fabric of Slavery: Large-scale child slavery in Indian spinning mills making yarn for international garment brands
press release ICN, Dec 21, 2016
New research by the India Committee of Netherlands (ICN) shows that various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, are found in more than 90% of the spinning mills in South India. These spinning mills produce yarn for India, Bangladeshi and Chinese garment factories that produce for the Western market. »
Forced Labour in the Textile and Garment Sector in Tamil Nadu, South India - Strategies for Redress
Corporate Accountability Research, Dec 2016
Report about the grievances of young women, predominantly from disadvantaged Dalit communities, who are recruited from remote rural villages to work in textile mills and garment factories in Tamil Nadu. Research refers to ICN and SOMO reports. »
Successful National Consultation on Child Labour Free Zones in India
Stop Child Labour, Sep 2, 2016
In August, Stop Child Labour organized the National Consultation Stepping Stones for creating Child Labour Free Zones in New Delhi, India. The purpose of the consultation was to share best practices and the concept of the area based approach towards creating child labour free zones with different stakeholders and to explore avenues of collaboration in addressing the issue of child labour. »
Second annual report Out of work and into School
Stop Child Labour, Sep 7, 2016
Stop Child Labour (SCL) started the Out of Work project in May 2014, as part of our broader programme to eliminate and remediate all forms of child labour linked to the right to education for all children. »
In India's quarries, workers die to make pretty garden tiles
Thomson Reuters Foundation News, May 9, 2016
Many workers in Indian stone quarries, including children, dying of incurable lung disease to produce garden and kitchen tiles. »
Champions - Voices of Girls: A Study of First Generation Girl Students in Senior Secondary Schools of Telengana
MV Foundation, Sep 2015
For most girls, an invisible battle for education and dignity begins with their first entry into the local school. If they are born into a scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, backward class or minority family, especially of Muslims, the odds are greater. »
India’s New Child-Labor Loophole
The Nation, Aug 15, 2016
India’s new landmark child-labor bill should be a reason for children and human-rights advocates to celebrate, but it’s the bosses who are celebrating instead. Between the lines of a seemingly progressive law, some loopholes officially sanction child exploitation in one of the world’s major bastions of underage labor. »
New Indian Child Labour Bill allows many children to work
ICN, Aug 9, 2016
India has a new law against child labour. Or more precisely: the old Child Labour Act of 1986 was recently amended. On July 19, 2016, the Indian Upper House (Rajya Sabha) approved the amendments. Has the law been improved after so many years of struggle against child labour and with partial success in practice? »
The New Law Banning Child Labour is No Ban At All
The Wire, Jul 22, 2016
The amendment seeks to abolish all forms of child labour, but includes a proviso that allows children up to the age of 14 years to work after school hours in ‘family enterprises’. »
Stop Child Labour welcomes promised EU action against child labour
Stop Child Labour, Jun 27, 2016
The Council of the European Union – all 28 member states together – on the 20th of June published its conclusions on child labour and called for a joint approach to tackle all forms of child labour. »
Childhood murderers
My Republica, Jun 10, 2016
Have you ever even thought of the child exploitation behind some of the foreign brand garments you wear?
The theme of The World Day Against Child Labour 2016 (June 12) is precise and to the point: "End child labour in supply chains—It’s everyone’s business!" »
Textile sector still in knots over child labour
The Hindu, Jun 13, 2016
Textile units in Tamil Nadu have grabbed headlines several times in the past for the wrong reasons. Non-governmental organisations, including international organisations, have alleged that child workers are employed in many textile mills and that some units that employ young women do not provide adequate facilities for those who stay in hostels within the mill premises. »
Electronics companies are yet doing far too little to eradicate child labour from gold mining
Stop Child Labour, Jun 9, 2016
Electronics companies are not making a big enough effort to combat child labour in gold mining. This is the conclusion of a survey by SOMO commissioned by Stop Child Labour. The electronics industry is the third largest buyer of gold in the world. »
Labour talk: A dialogue in different tongues
The Times of India, May 4, 2016
It was a session intended to foster a dialogue between different sections of society - mine workers, businessmen engaged in the stone business, NGOs and government agencies - to figure out how best to deal with the issue of child labour. The dialogue was an effort of NGO Aravali, in collaboration with Unicef. »
Stop Child Labour Coalition: Reporting on results
ICN, Mar 2016
Stop Child Labour (SCL) consists of six Dutch organisations and partner organisations in India and a range of African countries. In May 2014 SCL started the Out of Work and into School project as part of its mission to eliminate and remediate all forms of child labour linked to the right to education for all children, while between 2012 and 2015 it implemented the programme Omar’s Dream. »
Broad support for plan to eliminate child labour from the garment and textile industry
Stop Child Labour, Mar 9, 2016
Stop Child Labour welcomes the broad support for the elimination of child labour, forced (child) labour, low wages and other abuses in the global garment and textile industry. Sector associations, the government, trade unions and civil society organizations - including Stop Child Labour – have agreed on a ‘covenant’ to address these issues in the coming years. »
No Child Left Behind
Stoneasy/London Stone/Beltrami/Manjari/ICN/Stop Child Labour, Feb 1, 2016
Working towards child labour free zones in the Indian sandstone cobble industry. »
Exposed: Child labour behind smart phone and electric car batteries
Amnesty International, Jan 19, 2016
Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products, said Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a report published today. »
Indian Schools Are Failing Their Students
International New York Times, Dec 15, 2015
For the first time in more than two decades, the Indian government is conducting a comprehensive review of its education policy. The goal is to devise an approach better adapted to the “changing dynamics of the population,” namely its youthfulness, in order to make India a “knowledge superpower.” »
Low Procurement Prices Fuelling Child Labour in Vegetable Seed Business
The Wire, Dec 15, 2015
Nearly 156,000 minors, about 50,000 of them below 14 years of age, are currently engaged in producing vegetable seeds in India. Many of them have been employed by multinational and Indian companies. These and other aspects of exploitation of minors and women have been documented in a study, Soiled Seeds. »
Massive child labour used for gold in mobile phones
Stop Child Labour, Nov 2015
Globally, more than one million children are working in the gold mining industry according to new estimates. The number is growing, for example in the African country Mali, the number of children working in the gold mining industry has increased almost tenfold in recent years: from 20,000 to 200,000 children. »
Still too many children out of school
The Hindu Business Line, Oct 28, 2015
Government surveys on out-of-school children are gross underestimations. The Census numbers, however, are a shocker. »
Child Labour Free Zone - Budhpura: Building Partnership to overcome challenges – Cobble Making in Budhpura
Stop Child Labour/Manjari, Oct 20, 2015
Manjari, an Indian NGO working towards Child Labour Free Zones (CLFZ) in the sandstone quarry area Dhabi-Budhpura, recently organized a stakeholder consultation. Manjari combats child labour in the production of sandstone cobbles by systematically withdrawing children from work and enrolling them into formal schools. »
23 girls rescued from spinning mill in Tirupur
The Hindu, Sep 21, 2015
As many as 23 girls aged between 11 and 18 years were rescued from a spinning mill at Olapalayam village near Kangayam, in Tirupur District on Sunday. They were rescued in an operation carried out by officials and police, led by Revenue Division Officer (RDO) of Dharapuram G. Saravanamurthy. »
New report: Cotton’s Forgotten Children - Almost half a million Indian children produce cottonseed
ICN/Stop Child Labour, Jul 23, 2015
Almost half a million Indian children are working to produce the cottonseed that is the basis for our garments and all the other textile products that we use. Around 200,000 of them are below 14 years of age. This is one of the shocking results of the new study Cotton’s Forgotten Children by India’s long-term expert on the issue, Dr. Davuluri Venkateswarlu. »
India has three times more child labourers than what is reported in Census: Childline India
Business Today, May 20, 2015
Nishit Kumar, Head, Strategic Initiatives at Childline India Foundation talks to Sarika Malhotra of Business Today about tackling and defining child labour. »
Diluting India's child labour law will trap families in cycle of poverty
The Guardian, May 18, 2015
The Indian government is making severe cuts to budgets that address discrimination and the welfare of the country’s most marginalised people. In a deeply flawed strategy, they are relaxing legislation on child labour as a means to alleviate poverty. »
One of every ten workers in Raichur’s granite mines is a child
Scroll.in, May 14, 2015
Granite mines in Karnataka still employ a large number of children, many under the age of 14, to complete stone processing. A report titled Rock Bottom by the Netherlands-based non-government organisations India Committee of the Netherlands and Stop Child Labour, found that minors accounted for almost 10% of the total workforce in six quarries in state’s Raichur district. »
Study on the Health Status of Adolescent Girls working in Textile and Spinning Mills
Vaan Muhil/ICN, Mar 31, 2015
A study on the health status of adolescent girls working in the textile and spinning mills was conducted by the organization Vaan Muhil between October 2015 and February 2015. In total 193 girls of girls from Tirunelveli District working in the mils or returnees of the Sumangali Scheme were selected for the study through group discussions, case studies and individual in-depth interviews. »
Children most neglected in the 2015-16 Union Budget: Child rights organisations
Times of India, Mar 12, 2015
The children have been short-changed most in the 2015-16 Union budget. Having finally done the math - and figured out what "devolution" actually means for the states - child rights organizations operating in Delhi have come together register protest against the massive cuts (from the 2014-15 budget estimates) that most schemes and programmes for children have taken. »
How many of the paving slabs for sale in Britain were cut by tiny hands?
Ethical Consumer, Feb 16, 2015
Indian sandstone looks very similar to York stone, the traditional yellow building stone of the North of England. Over the last few decades many of our quarries have been coughing up their last pieces of stone, and Indian paving slabs have poured into the market as a cheap alternative. »
Rescued Children Head Home; Some Don’t Know Who Their Parents are
The New Indian Express, Feb 6, 2015
Irfan, a 10-year-old with chicken pox marks all over his face, looks confused at the Secunderabad railway station. He used to earn `3,000 per month, working in extremely hazardous conditions in the city. Now, though rescued, he is not sure what is in store back home in Gaya district of Bihar. In Gaya, he was a primary school student, who was later forced to work in factories making bangles, owing to poverty. »
India Still Struggling to Combat Child Labour
IPSNews.com, Feb 2, 2015
India has the dubious distinction of hosting the largest number of child labourers in the world. The 2011 census puts the number at 4.35 million working children in the five to 14 age-bracket. Still, a range of civil society actors are calling for a change in this status quo, claiming that unless India finds a way to interrupt the practice of child labour, it will face multiplied challenges in social, economic and political arenas. »
Little Hands at Work
Child Rights in India, Jan 30, 2015
I never gave much importance to the hands until today. I recall hearing a lecture titled Many Securities, delivered by my mentor Mr. P. Sainath, the eminent rural journalist, talking about the absurdity of UIDAI Aadhar card project by fingerprinting all citizens, he simply said “In India, 15% plus population, because of agricultural labour, they do not have fingerprints, denying the very people who need the social security benefits…”. »
Tea workers in India falling prey to human traffickers
The Sydney Morning Herald, Dec 5, 2014
Poorly paid Indian tea workers and their destitute families are a major source for human traffickers who lure away mainly women and children with promises of a new life but who end up enslaved in factories and households, human rights organisations say. »
Beltrami & the fight against child labour in India
Beltrami B Magazine, Dec 1, 2014
You have undoubtedly already seen images of sweatshops in India where young girls are forced to work in the textile sector. A phenomenon in India (and other developing countries) that is not only limited to girls but also extends to boys in other sectors. »
Report on (child) slavery in Indian textile production leads to action
ICN, Nov 19, 2014
The new report Flawed Fabrics of the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) and SOMO about child labour and 'modern slavery' in Indian spinning mills supplying to well-known garment brands clothing companies drew a lot of attention and led to various actions. »
Child Labour - Advocacy
Dutch Parliament backs child labour due diligence law
The Dutch Parliament has adopted a law requiring companies to determine whether child labour occurs in their supply chains – and set out a plan of action on how to combat it.
The Child Labour Due Diligence Law ('Wet Zorgplicht Kinderarbeid') now heads to the Senate after last month's vote, and if approved will come into force from 1 January 2020.

Just-Style.com, Mar 10, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Jan 31, 2017) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on clothing brands that contribute to low wages, long working hours, child labour and school dropout in Bangladesh
Feb 16, 2017
Motion members Servaes (Labour Party) and Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
requesting the government to prepare 'legislation aimed at combating forced labour and modern slavery'
Jan 25, 2017
Motion members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) en Servaes (Labour Party)
on the relationship of low wages, child labour and school dropouts in the garment industry of Bangladesh, in response to the report Branded Childhood
Jan 25, 2017
Written questions European Parliament
Subject: Slavery in Indian factories
Jan 18, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Van Laar (Labour Party), Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Dijkgraaf (Reformed Political Party)
(subm. Dec 28, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on (child) slavery in South Indian spinning mills producing yarn for Western clothing brands
Jan 16, 2017
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Jun 14, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the objective of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to eradicate the worst forms of child labour by 2016 at the latest
Jul 7, 2016
Stop Child Labour welcomes promised EU action against child labour
The Council of the European Union – all 28 member states together – on the 20th of June published its conclusions on child labour and called for a joint approach to tackle all forms of child labour.
Stop Child Labour, Jun 27, 2016
Answers to Questions European Parliament
(subm. Feb 18, 2016) to the European Commission on child and exploitative labour in gold and cobalt mining
May 10, 2016
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Nov 23, 2015) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on child labour in gold mining for the electronics sector
Dec 3, 2015
Parliamentary Questions by Members Van Laar (Labour Party) and Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on child labour and low wages in Dutch and in the Netherlands operating seed companies active in India
Nov 26, 2015
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Member Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Jul 29, 2015) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation about half a million children working in the cotton seed production
Sep 11, 2015
Say Goodbye to Child Labour: Manual Stepping Stones for Child Labour Free Zones presented to Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
Ahead of the International Day against Child Labour on 12 June, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, has today been presented the manual 5 x 5 Stepping Stones for creating Child Labour Free Zones authored by the Stop Child Labour coalition.
Stop Child Labour, Jun 11, 2015
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. May 19, 2015) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Housing and the Civil Services on slavery and child labour in quarries
Jun 4, 2015
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Van der Staaij (Political Reformed Party) and Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Apr 20, 2015) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on modern slavery and child labour in the garment industry in India
May 4, 2015
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by member Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
(subm. Oct 31, 2014) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development and the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the report Flawed Fabrics on modern slavery and child labour in the production chain of clothing brands
Nov 14, 2014
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Gesthuizen (Socialist Party) and Van Laar (Labour Party)
(subm. Jun 16, 2014) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development on a new study on large-scale child labour and other violations of labour rights in the Turkish hazelnut production
Jul 8, 2014
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Gesthuizen (Socialist Party), Van der Staaij (Reformed Political Party) and Van Ojik (GreenLeft)
(subm. May 28, 2014) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on garment companies who give no insight in how they deal with bonded (child) labour in India
Jun 24, 2014
Answers to Written Questions European Parliament to the European Commission
(subm. Feb 19, 2014 by MEPs Peter van Dalen and Dennis de Jong) about the report Tainted Carpets - Slavery and Child Labor in India's Hand-Made Carpet Sector
Apr 7, 2014
Answers to Parliamentary questions Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
(subm. Dec 23, 2013) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the report Working on the Right Shoes
Mar 3, 2014

more information on CHILD LABOUR FREE ZONES

Reports Child Labour
Child Labour Free Zones in India
flyer Stop Child Labour, Jan 2017
What Came Out Of Omar's Dream
Stop Child Labour, Mar 2016
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