Global March against Child Labor

ECOSOC Status: None
Type: NGO working on Crime
Address: International Secretariat
L-72, IIIrd Floor, Kalkaji,
New Delhi-110 019

Country: India
Region: Southern and Eastern Asia
UN Languages:
Other languages:
  • Prevention
  • Training
  • Victim Protection
  • Anti-Human Trafficking
  • Sustainable Livelihood / Alternative Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Legal Assistance

  • Other:'Human Rights, Rule of Law'
Short description:
Global March as a network of 2,000 organisations is involved in networking, policy interventions, advocacy, campaigning and mass mobilisation on the issues of child labour, trafficking of children for forced labour, education for all, especially universal primary education and child participation.

Global March Against Child Labour [popularly, Global March] is a movement to mobilise worldwide efforts to protect and promote the rights of all children, especially the right to receive free, meaningful education, and to be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be damaging to the child physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.

Global March strives to:
Generate a high level of public concern regarding the fact that child labour elimination is the key to achieving education for all and several Millennium Development Goals [MDG].
Bring together policy and action for a unified response to the Triangular Paradigm of development addressing child labour, lack of education and poverty that affect the lives of children within the ongoing efforts on MDGs.
Promote widespread actions to implement ILO Convention 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour and ILO Convention 138 on Minimum Age of Employment, within the ongoing poverty alleviation framework.
Promote widespread actions to provide quality education to all girls and boys in order to implement the Dakar Framework of Action.
Empower children to fight for their rights to quality education and protection from exploitation.

Global March, under the leadership of Kailash Satyarthi [founder Chairperson], in 1998 is unprecedented in the history of childrens rights and in its efforts in mobilising civil society on a large-scale to fight the scourge of child labour. Traversing 80,000km across the globe, with 7.2 millions supporting, it was historic in drafting of the ILO Convention 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour, the fastest ratified convention, and resulting in worldwide efforts for the elimination of child labour. Global March is the largest civil society initiative committed to mobilising global efforts to protect and promote the rights of all children, especially the right to receive a free, meaningful education and to be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be damaging to the childs development. In last 9 years Global March has grown to span a network of 2000 partners in 144 countries, consisting of NGOs, Trade Unions, Teachers associations & others.

.Global March has been instrumental in the formulation, adoption, ratifications and implementations of the ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
.Built a vibrant global movement that brings together NGOs, trade unions, committed individuals and other civil society organisations from over 140 countries for the single cause of making the world free of child labour.
-Focussed the world's attention on child labour through research and action and information dissemination.
.Empowered child labourers to become leaders in the struggle against child exploitation and to demonstrate the power that children can have in shaping the future of our world.
.Organised the South Asian March Against Child Trafficking in 2007, the largest peoples action on the issue of trafficking of children for forced labour reaching more than 1 million people directly.
Prime mover of the establishment of the Global Task Force on Child Labour and Education [an inter-agency task force formulated in 2006] and organised three High Level Round Table meetings on the Triangular Paradigm of Development in conjunction UNESCOs High Level Group meeting on EFA.
.As one of the three civil society representatives in the High Level Group review meeting of the Dakar Framework of Action on EFA. In these meetings, the Global March has successfully mobilised support to include elimination of child labour as a key factor for achieving EFA.
.Global March successfully organised two World Congresses of the children coming from all parts of the world at Florence (Italy) and New Delhi (India) in year 2004 and 2005 respectively and provided an opportunity to children to emerge as social activists and world leaders in order to become the fore runners of the fight for childrens rights.
.Launched World Cup Campaign 2002 to focus on use of child labour in sporting goods industry.
.Organised Fair Chocolate For the World to focus attention and action on the use of child labour in the cocoa beans production. The chair of the Global March is on the Board of the Cocoa Foundation along with leaders from the chocolate industry and this foundation is trying to resolve the problem of slavery in general and child slavery in particular in the cocoa beans production in Africa.
.Launched Domestic Child Labour Campaign 2001, which revealed the hidden form of child labour in the world.
.Launched Global Campaign for Education with Education International, Oxfam International, Action Aid and other civil society organisations to push for national and international action to provide quality education to all children as a matter of urgency.
.Global March through its International Advocacy Office in Washington has systematically engaged and drawn the attention of the international community including the National Governments, UN, Bilateral and Multilateral donor agencies about the need for convergent policies, planning and action for elimination of child labour, achieving the EFA goals and eradication of poverty.
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