Child labor

What is child labor? 

Child slavery and exploitation are for millions of children a daily reality. These children have to work under hazardous circumstances and often become victims of child abuse  and exploitation. The term ‘child labor’ is defined as work that deprives children, from 0 -15 year, of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, there right to education and/or that is harmful to physical and mental development. In addition extreme forms of labor by children between 15 and 18 years also fall within the definition of child labor. The UN convention on the rights of the child prohibits child labor. 

 

Did you know...

  • That worldwide 168 million children are involved in child labor?
  • That Asia has the largest number of child labor, especially India, but that in Sub-Saharan Africa also 1 in every 5 children has to work?
  • That children usually work because their parents do not earn enough money, but that child labor only maintains the poverty
  • Children have the right to be protected from slavery and forced labor, the right to education and the right to play? 

 

What does KidsRights do?

KidsRights works together with local partners to stand up for the rights of the children through research, action and advocacy. 

Om Prakash, winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2006, was liberated by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and then was taken care of in a family home. In 2006 BBA nominated Om Prakash for the International Children’s Peace Prize because of his fight against child labor in India. From the same year KidsRights started supporting BBA to support Om Prakash in his fight again child labor.  

KidsRights has published three reports on child labour providing more background information and figures on child domestic labor in Nepal and on dangerous work on the cocoa plantation in Ivory Coast and in the mines in Burkina Faso. 


Our projects on child labor

Rehabilitating child laborers

Rehabilitating child laborers

Every year BBA rescues hundreds of children from bonded labor. These children are temporarily accommodated in a shelter, where they get medical and psychological help. The goal is that all children eventually return home.