By Swapnil Lohani* Over the past nine months, the entire news and social media has been flooded with reports of rising cases of Covid-19 and the impact it has had on India’s economy. Millions of people lost their jobs or were forced to take pay cuts. Migrants were forced to walk hundreds of kilometers back … Continue reading Impact of pandemic on child labour: Need for safe return-to-work policy for adults
Dr. Neha Lall* The first case of the novel COVID19 virus was reported in India on the 30th of January and on 22nd of March the first Janta curfew was announced. From 25th of March onwards, different phases of lockdown have been implemented in India. The rapid spread of the virus and the sudden announcements … Continue reading Supporting the daily wage labourers in the pandemic
By J Ranjith Kumar* There is a strong notion that social movements require strong leaders to lead from the front. Leaders are thought of visionaries who help in directing a movement, in negotiating with external stakeholders, and in mobilizing volunteers for the movement. While all of these may seem true from a very superficial perspective, … Continue reading Anti-child labour movement: Why is bottom-up approach so successful?
By Timothy Ryan* An African proverb says that it takes a village to raise a child, but one can also say that it takes the whole world to protect one child. Children today are faced with increasing challenges. When children should be playing, studying and enjoying their short yet foundational period of childhood they are … Continue reading 152 million reasons to end child labour by year 2025
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
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
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