Defence for Children International and nine leading international child rights, human rights, and humanitarian organisations operating in more than 135 countries worldwide have co-signed a letter urging all governments to ratify the International Labour Organization (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention (Convention 189 concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, 2011). Ratification of this Convention will help eliminate child domestic labour and improve the lives of an estimated 15 million child domestic workers.
According to the ILO, tens of millions of children are still subjected to the worst forms of labour, and languish in slavery, are sold and bought like animals, and are forced to live in appalling conditions. Child labour is an entrenched problem that is solvable.
In the letter to ministers of labour around the world, the letter’s signers urged governments to use the World Day Against Child Labour, which is observed annually worldwide on June 12, to announce publicly that they have ratified the convention or intend to.
The organisations who have signed the letter are: Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International, Defence for Children International, Child Rights International Network, Global March Against Child Labour, Human Rights Watch, the International Domestic Worker Network, International Labour Rights Forum, Plan International, and World Vision.
Read the letter