‘Child labor’ is used as a way to describe work that takes away the rights to education, childhood, potential and dignity from children. A child has the right to play and to go to school, but this cannot happen when they are being forced to work. A child laborer is generally someone under the age of 15, but extreme forms of labor performed by children between the ages 15-18 years also fall within the meaning. Becoming a child laborer is the daily reality for millions of children. These children have to work in terrible conditions and often become victims of child abuse and exploitation. Under Article 32 of Convention on the Rights of the Child, child labor is banned, because children have the right to be protected from harmful work.
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 forced to work on a farm when he was only 5 years old. When he was 8 years old he was saved by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and taken care of in a family home. In 2006 BBA nominated Om Prakash for the International Children’s Peace Prize because after he was rescued he became a changemaker and started 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 labor 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.
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