“I now believe in myself and dream in color”, says Charity Taoneratu, a founding member of the Msambaimfa Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) in Malawi.
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When families are financially empowered, particularly women and mothers, they are far more likely to invest in their children’s education and remove them from any potentially dangerous work in the fields. In this article, we will be explaining why investing in the financial empowerment of rural families, and more specifically women, is such a powerful tool in the elimination of child labour.
The Global Conference for the Elimination of Child Labour will take place this year for the first time on African soil, and organisations like ECLA Uganda will be able to share how they are tackling the problem. In advance, Eddie Wambewo, its Executive Director, spoke with us about their collaborative efforts to raise awareness, implement policies and support communities
In Uganda the COVID-19 lockdowns and school closings significantly affected rural communities heightening risks of child labour and other supply chain concerns. With global estimates of child labour on the increase, the pandemic has only exacerbated the situation putting millions more children at risk. Now more than ever it is critical for the public and private sector to join forces, pool resources, and take a systemic and thorough approach to support farmers and families and ECLA Uganda has been doing just this.
Principle 5 of the United Nations Guiding Principles calls for businesses to uphold the effective abolition of child labour. What can businesses do to tackle child labour? Read this article to find out the role of the private sector in respecting human rights and fighting child labour.
Children interact directly and indirectly with business every day, perhaps as users, consumers, young workers. They are also members of the communities and environments where businesses operate. A rights-based approach to child labour in agriculture helps businesses understand the potential positive and negative impacts their activities can have on children, families, and communities.
When it comes to child labour, States must ensure that businesses are fulfilling all their obligations to mitigate against labour abuses. How do States ensure the enjoyment of rights? And what role do they play in terms of the potential impact of businesses on the realization of these rights? Read this article to find out.
Rita and Bouba are participants of the Thomson Reuter Foundation's changemakers programme open to frontline activists and advocates from around the world. Check out our article to learn how they are changing the world by empowering women and girls.