Child Labor in the Cotton Fields of India

by Lynda Perry, ChildFund International / Member Spotlight

A billboard-sized sign along the road from Udaipur through the Aravalli Mountains shows two scenes — one is of a burly man with a bandana around his neck reaching out from behind a tree to grab a young girl’s shoulder. She looks away as if to run in the opposite direction. In the other scene, looming shadows of hands grasp for a girl clutching a stuffed bear. The headline in Hindi reads: “BT cotton has destroyed the childhood of children.” Below is the familiar logo of ChildFund India, which is campaigning against child labor in this region.

Children Speak About Being Free from Violence and Exploitation

by ChildFund Alliance / Reports

In a study of the views of children on the issues of violence and exploitation, ChildFund Alliance conducted over 50 focus groups in 41 countries so that their voices can be heard as part of the post 2015-agenda. The children cited the top three things they want world leaders to do – raise awareness of the issues, enact laws and punish offenders – as well as give examples of the worst forms of violence and exploitation.

Q&A: Richard Geeves on the challenges and possibilities for education in Myanmar

by Diana Quick / In the News

During its long history of political upheaval and conflict, Myanmar didn’t prioritize education — and its effects are still being felt today. In the 2016 Human Development Report, Myanmar ranked 150th among 187 countries for expected years of schooling. Linked to education are ongoing challenges of child labor and poor economic prospects, particularly in rural and remote areas.

There are significant economic benefits for developing nations by sending children to school instead of work

by Vikram Chaudhary, Financial Express / In the News

Even after 70 years of independence, we haven’t been able to send all our children to school. Worse still, there are crores [tens of millions] of child labourers in India, and their number is increasing in sectors such as agriculture, mining and domestic labour. “The root causes of child labour are poverty, illiteracy, lack of quality education and resources, and poor implementation of laws,” says Neelam Makhijani, country director & CEO of ChildFund India—a child development organisation. In an interview with FE’s Vikram Chaudhary, she argues that child labour and poverty go hand in hand, and suggests some reform measures that can, over time, eradicate this social evil. 

Voices of Girls and Boys in Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda

by ChildFund Alliance / Reports

In formulating the post-2015 development agenda, it is imperative that the voices of the next generation are heard and listened to. ChildFund Alliance asked child-led organizations from seven countries to choose their top 6 priorities for a better world.