Today is World Day Against Child Labor – reminding us of the urgent need to stop child labor, especially the extremely hazardous forms of child labor. Please donate today to support ILRF’s campaigns against this insidious abuse, which is all too integral to global supply chains and one of the most egregious forms of corporate theft.
Hazardous child labor – whether on cocoa farms in West Africa or tobacco and vegetable farms in the U.S. – threatens children’s health, robs them of their childhoods, their educations, and as a result, robs them of opportunities for better livelihoods as adults. Viciously, this crime primarily affects children whose families live below the poverty line – families who face tremendous risks during the current pandemic because they lack access to healthcare. And for migrant farming families in the U.S., fear of the police and the threat of deportation is ever-present.
This October 1st, ILRF will celebrate four determined children’s rights advocates during the annual Labor Rights Defenders Awards ceremony. Please join us to sponsor the 2020 Awards!
We will honor educators who are committed to ensuring children’s rights – to an education and freedom from exploitation. And we will honor a courageous union of farmworkers from Ghana who are challenging the powerful cocoa industry to stop child labor and demanding better incomes for cocoa farmers.
- Dr. Lorretta Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, started her career as a para-educator and came up through the union to become a powerful advocate for children’s rights and a leader in the global fight to end child labor;
- Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), also comes out of the teachers’ unions in Australia and now leads a global federation that continues its key role in the fight to end child labor;
- The General Agricultural Workers Union of Ghana (GAWU) is organizing and advocating for cocoa farmers’ rights and livelihoods and for its advocacy to stop child labor in the cocoa sector; and
- The Chicago Teachers’ Union is one of the leading campaigns bridging teachers’ rights and children’s rights within the U.S.-wide Red for Ed campaign.
I have a personal, deep appreciation for these awardees. My mother was a teacher’s aide and then a reading specialist. I know how deeply she cared for ‘her kids’ as she’d call them. Her commitment to education has long fueled my own engagement in the fight to end child labor and ensure education for all. Also, having grown up in Hershey, PA, I have a particular commitment to GAWU’s mission and ending child labor in the cocoa industry!
As I prepare to wrap up my nearly ten years at ILRF, I hope you will consider making an extra donation to support our global campaigns to hold corporations accountable and to stop them from robbing children of their right to health, education, and future opportunities. Your donation will help ensure a stronger future for ILRF and the team that will carry on its important mission.
Thank you for your support.