5 Organizations Working to End Child Labor

5 Organizations Working to End Child Labor

The road to ending child labor has been long and difficult in many parts of the Global South, where children, as well as adults, often toil under inhumane conditions for low wages. However, there has been progressing. Here are 5 organizations that are fighting to make a difference for sustainability | Learn more on Commonshare |. 
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1. Child Rights and You (CRY)
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Child Rights and You (CRY) | https://www.cry.org/history | is an Indian-based organization founded by Rippan Kapur and six of his friends in 1979. Together, they sought to change the lives of underprivileged Indian children.
What makes CRY special is that Kapur and his fellow co-founders chose the approach of making their organization a link between those Indians who wanted to give charitably and both individuals and organizations that needed them. This choice has affected CRY’s decisions at every level, helping it to optimize its position. Ending child labor is a major priority for this organization, along with other issues that affect underprivileged Indian children.
 
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2. Concerned for Working Children (CWC)
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Concerned for Working Children (CWC) | https://www.concernedforworkingchildren.org/about/ | is a not-for-profit, democratic development agency that is based in Bengaluru, India. The organization is one of the first in India to focus on children who are involved in labor.
CWC works in partnership with working children and their communities, local governments, and national and international agencies. Its approach is children’s-rights-oriented: CWC has taken the unusual approach of actually listening to children, hearing what they want, and empowering them to seek viable solutions to their benefit.
Toward this end, CWC has helped children to form their own unions. It has also worked to increase their participation in governance and has conducted pioneering work in helping them to carry out research and information management.
 
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3. International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL)
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The International Initiative to End Child Labor | https://endchildlabor.net/about/ |, also known as the International Initiative on Exploitative Child Labor, is a US-based not-for-profit organization founded in 1998. The organization seeks the abolition of the worst forms of child labor in both the United States and around the world.
The organization is particularly focused on ending slavery and human trafficking, as well as prostitution, soldiering, illegal activities, and hazardous child labor.
 
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4. International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)
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The International Labor Rights Forum | https://laborrights.org/blog/201806/commit-ending-child-labor-now | has a long history of activism against child labor. Twenty years ago, founding director Pharis Harvey joined the Global March Against Child Labor in India, along with seven million people. The 2014 march was led by former ILRF board member Kailash Satyarthi. That march helped to drive significant policy changes, particularly the adoption of ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor. 
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5. GoodWeave
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GoodWeave | https://goodweave.org/about/goodweave-label/ | is an organization dedicated to fighting child labor and bonded labor in the supply chain. They issue the GoodWeave label to compliant producers. They have been practicing their market-driven approach for 25 years. 

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