Child marriage and child labour: Slavery is not dead in sugarcane

In August 2020, Global March Against Child Labour released an evidence-based report, providing an overview of the situation of child labour with a gender lens in sugarcane harvesting in India. The report highlights that children are pushed into hazardous child labour due to structural poverty among harvesters, most of whom are from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled … Continue reading Child marriage and child labour: Slavery is not dead in sugarcane

Covid-19: Shocking global response to protect future of hundreds of millions of children

Global 'Fair Share for Children' report, release at the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit*, exposes child trafficking in India during Covid-19 lockdown. A note: The Union government is prepared to soon bring an anti-trafficking Bill in Parliament, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said during an online panel discussion following the release of a scathing … Continue reading Covid-19: Shocking global response to protect future of hundreds of millions of children

Steps civil society can take to protect vulnerable children amidst Covid-19

By Puja Marwaha* For the past five months, our screens have been flooded with distressing imagery of one catastrophe after another: From the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable communities, to cyclones in West Bengal, Odisha, and Maharashtra. From locust attacks in the central and northwestern plains, to the floods in Assam and Bihar. All of these have had disastrous … Continue reading Steps civil society can take to protect vulnerable children amidst Covid-19

Kailash Satyarthi: It is now time for universal accountability to end child labour

Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and the Global March against Child Labour have demanded for universal ratification of the ILO Convention 182 in order and commit themselves to ending worst forms of child labour. A note: On 04 August  2020, in a historic move, Tonga, an archipelago of more than 170 islands in the South … Continue reading Kailash Satyarthi: It is now time for universal accountability to end child labour

Chief Labour Commissioner has no data of stranded migrants despite April 2020 circular

By Venkatesh Nayak* The lockdown imposed by governments since 25 March, 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 epidemic across India, now in its 3rd phase, has hit migrant workers, among others, the hardest. Not a day goes by without stories of their travails being highlighted in the print, electronic, digital and social media. What is … Continue reading Chief Labour Commissioner has no data of stranded migrants despite April 2020 circular

Challenges for marginalized children: Food, clothing, shelter, other essential requirements

Ambarish Rai, National Convener RTE Forum, writes to the Prime Minister to ensure that rights of children are protected during this unprecedented crisis: Hope you are safe and healthy during this unprecedented crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As we attempt to tide over this, I am writing to you, on behalf of Right to … Continue reading Challenges for marginalized children: Food, clothing, shelter, other essential requirements

Children living in extreme poverty are most vulnerable to effects of climate change

Text of the note prepared by Compassion UK, “Child Poverty: the Facts and the Future”, which is an in-depth guide to child poverty and how can one tackle the challenges: Child. Poverty. Two words that should never be put together. Yet tragically this is the reality for an estimated 385 million children, accounting for more … Continue reading Children living in extreme poverty are most vulnerable to effects of climate change