Businesses play an important role in supporting and respecting human rights. Increasing understanding of supply chains, reporting requirements, and regulation mean that this more than just a “nice to have” or a box to check. How can different entities work together to the Business and Human Rights Ecosystem? This article highlights some important roles.
Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had forced over 190 countries to close all their schools. More than a year and a half later more than 888 million children worldwide continue to face disruptions to their education due to full and partial school closures. The disruption in education continuity disproportionately affects learners in rural areas, where the access to technology is limited.
“Realizing children’s right to social protection is indispensable for combating child poverty.” according to the latest report from the ILO. It details how child-sensitive social protection policies can be powerful tools for policymakers to formulate policies and allocate resources that “serve children’s needs and rights.”
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.
Guided by the Convention of the Rights of the Child, a Child Protection Eco-System goes beyond the consideration of one specific issue to prevent and respond to these in a wider context to make sure that no child is left behind. To see how a Child Protection Eco-System works in the context of child labour, check out our annual report.
For the first time in 2 decades, the number of children in child labour has increased, even before taking into account the on-going COVID-19 crisis causing school closures and threatening family livelihoods, according to the latest global estimates put out by the ILO and UNICEF. As of 2020, there are 160 million children in child labour around the world, doing work that is harmful to their health, safety, development, and future, this is a 6% increase since the previous estimates in 2016. What does this mean? Here are some quick figures.
The message is clear, the gender gap is still present, as is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. If we do not invest in gender equality our development efforts will not be sustainable. Ending discrimination against women and girls is not just a development concern and a root cause of child labour, it is a basic human right.
It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole eco-system to keep them safe to help them grow Every child has the right to grow, learn and play safe from any form of harm. Read this article to understand how strong child protection eco-systems could hold the key to ending child labour once and for all.
The US Department of Labor recently published a 2020 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Find out more.