Child marriage is very prevalent in Africa. A young Zambian women wrote a song about child marriage and got her classmates sing it with her. Girls Not Brides filmed the song launching the video on the Day of the African Child (June 16)
Millions of children risk pain, sickness, injury, and even death to produce goods and services for the global economy. Human Rights Watch has documented hazardous child labor in agriculture, mining, the leather and apparel industry, and other sectors.
It is a sad but true fact that child labour still happens in our world today. Child labour occurs in many industries but especially the cocoa industry. One organisation trying to journey the road to a child labour free world is UTZ.
Siriki Diakité, UTZ Regional Representative for West Africa, Côte d’Ivoire explains why guarantees are impossible – but that UTZ is leading efforts to eradicate child labor. “If we just stop the child working on a cocoa farm child labor will end up being hidden, or we’ll see the child moving to the rubber farm next door, or to a nearby factory. That’s why UTZ has an approach that combines prevention, monitoring and remediation – going beyond sanctions and forming partnerships with other initiatives to find real solutions.”
They believe that one way to overcome child labour is to tackle the root cause – poverty. Many farmers are not earning enough to support to suport their families. The UTZ program is training farmers so that they are able to increase productivity as well as helping them to understand the importance of children having an education Read more…
The June issue of Stop Trafficking is now available. This issue highlights various forced labour abuses and technological methods being employed to expose and correct them. Articles include Trapped in Qatar, Risk Assessment Tool for Global Fisheries, Combatting Forced Labour and many more. There is also a report on the winners of the recent Rethink Supply Chains: the Tech Challenge to Fight Labour Chains competition.
“Child labour has no place in well-functioning and well regulated markets, or in any supply chain. The message that we must act now to stop child labour once and for all has been affirmed by the Sustainable Development Goals. Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour.” (Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General)
World Day Against Child Labour is held on 12th June each year. The focus for this year’s event is child labour and supply chains. All supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) have jointly created the Child Labour Guidance Tool, a resource for companies to increase their knowledge and ability to conduct business in line with international labour standards on child labour. Read more…
Despite being illegal, forced marriage is practiced in Australia. As a community we are starting to understand both the nature and extent of forced marriage in our community. Voices of Women – I Don’t is a film clip released by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). CMY is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.
The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences held a two day conference on Human Trafficking and Organized Crime. the conference was attended by judges and prosecutors from around the world. In addressing the conference Pope Francis urged the participants “to fulfill their vocation and their crucial mission — to establish justice — without which there is neither order nor sustainable and integral development, nor social peace”. Pope Francis went on to say that the reason for the Judges’ Summit was to help fulfill Goal 8.7 of the United Nations’ new sustainable Development Goals, that is, to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, and human trafficking. Turning to the needs of victims, he said “Judges today are called more than ever to focus on the needs of victims. The victims are the first who need to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society — and their traffickers and executioners must be given no quarter and pursued.” The Pope’s full address to the conference can be found here.
(Photo: Radio Vatican – Pope Francis, flanked by Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, signs a declaration during a two-day summit of judges and magistrates against human trafficking and organized crime at the Vatican)
Talitha Kum is an international network of Consecrated Life against trafficking in persons. Talitha Kum is an expression found in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 5, verse 41. The words, translated from the Aramaic mean: “little girl, I say to you, stand-up”. The expression “Talitha Kum – arise” has the transformative power of compassion and mercy, which awakens the deep desire for dignity and life which may be asleep and injured because of many forms of exploitation.
Working as a network Talitha Kum facilitates collaboration and the interchange of information between consecrated men and women in 70 countries. Founded in 2009 Talitha Kum arose from the shared desire to coordinate and strengthen the already existing activities against trafficking undertaken by consecrated persons in the five continents.
Talita Kum is a network of networks, organized in many different ways, each promoting initiatives against trafficking in persons in their particular contexts and cultures. ACRATH is an active member of the Talitha Kum network.
Worldwide the number of prosecutions for human trafficking is low. In the latest issue of the Anti-trafficking Review read about the practical and policy issues affecting the number of human trafficking prosecutions. This review contains a guest editorial article by Australian Anne T Gallagher AO – The Problems and Prospects of Trafficking Prosecutions: Ending impunity and securing justice. Anne is a legal practitioner and is currently adviser to the United Nations, ASEAN and the Australia-Asia Trafficking in Persons Program. Access Issue 6 of Anti-Trafficking Review here.
When a 7.6 quake caused huge loss of life and devastation of homes child traffickers took advantage of children who had lost their families and were homeless. The traffickers sold children into child labour, forced marriage and sexual servitude. Poor people were also targeted by organ traffickers who offered quick cash for their kidneys. Nepal’s Human Rights Commission has been working to identify the needs of people intervening with government officials on their behalf. Commission volunteers have also rescued 168 children who had been taken by traffickers. (Photo: www.nytimes.com) Read more…
"In a new country there will be no slavery & hence no slaves."
Captain Arthur Phillip said this in 1787 before leaving England to become the 1st Governor of the new colony of Australia. Phillip landed at Sydney Cove in 1788 after an 8 month sea voyage.
ACRATH acknowledges and respects the Indigenous Peoples of Australia both past and present. As caretakers of the land and custodians of the stories their culture has survived for thousands of years and is now recognised as the oldest living culture in the world.
ACRATH is grateful for the funding received from the Australian Government to assist in the fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery.