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World Day Against Child Labour - 2021 is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour



World Day Against Child Labour is observed on June 12th.



World Day Against Child Labour is intended to highlight the plight of working children and to support the worldwide movement against child labour.



Did you know that 2021 is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour? I am ashamed to say that I didn't!



Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in light of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.7 that seeks to eliminate all forms of child labour by 2025.



I had no idea that there are approximately 152 million boys and girls trapped in child labour worldwide, and 71% or 108 million of them are working in agriculture.



According to the Food and Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on agri-food systems is exacerbating rural poverty and leading to an increase in child poverty, school dropout and food insecurity.



Children are being increasingly involved in working activities to compensate labour gaps and income losses in food and agricultural production.



This situation is likely to reverse progress and undermine efforts to eradicate rural poverty (SDG 1), achieve zero hunger (SDG 2), and eliminate child labour (SDG 8.7).



Source: Food and Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations



 



Fair Trade = No Child Labour or Forced Labour



As a social entrepreneur, fairtrade campaigner and educator, I am pleased to say that the World Fair Trade Organization supports No Child Labour.



Fair Trade Principle 5 specifically states No Child Labour, No Forced Labour.



 



Chocolate, Child Trafficking and The Dark Side of Chocolate 



During 2011 I was awarded with the BoldTalks Open Mind Award and met renowned producer and film maker Miki Mistrati who was a guest speaker at BoldTalks Dubai, UAE.



His film 'The Dark Side of Chocolate' had a deep and powerful impact on me and my late mother. 



It was horrifying to see young children sold into slavery, forced and beaten to work in cocoa plantations.



The effect of the film made me question my chocolate purchases and raise awareness for fairtrade chocolate, The Ten Principles of Fair Trade and fairtrade cocoa farmers.



I would highly recommend everyone purchases a copy of The Dark Side of Chocolate and support fair trade companies who are ethically accredited with the fairtrade certified, slavery free and organic.



 



Fair Trade Chocolate Master Class with Bruce Crowther MBE



As a passionate fairtrade chocoholic I visited Bruce Crowther MBE in Garstang during November 2016, for a special Chocolate Masterclass



We produced a delicious batch of bean to bar fairly traded chocolate using cocoa beans grown by Fredrick the Farmer in Ghana.



Fredrick is a member of the Kuapa Kukoo Farmers Cooperative Ghana, and it was wonderful feeling knowing he had grown the cocoa for our chocolate.



Bruce's words of support



''So good to have you back in Garstang Sabeena and have the joy



of making bean to bar chocolate with you.



Now 5 years on we are struggling to continue with The FIG Tree but we are STILL HERE and the chocolate smells good.



Let's continue the struggle together acrosse the globe that sees



1853 Fair Trade Towns in 29 countries.''



Bruce Crowther



It was a tiring morning but well worth it!



I purchased lots of Fig Tree chocolate and shared it with like minded individuals in Dubai.



 



Namaste and Fashion's Hidden Supply Chain with GoodWeave International



This year Namaste (a lovely fair trade wholesaler) based in the UK have asked fair trade retailers and campaigners to share a video about Muskaan a former child labourer.



This inspirational, three-minute video highlights the story of Muskaan, a 13-year-old girl and former child laborer, discovered by GoodWeave inspectors while working in a home-based, outsourced apparel supply chain in India.



It was filmed and produced by Will Jack Robinson of The Studio_M.



 



What you can do to end child labour?



World Day Against Child Labour 2021 was an opportunity to give visibility to eliminate Child Labour. 



Do your part to end child labour.



Share a picture of yourself as a kid with this caption:



“As a kid, I wanted to become __. I’m sharing this photo to support the United Nations Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, because I believe kids should dream now and work later. I challenge @(tag Name 1), @(Name 2), @(Name 3) to do the same. #EndChildLabour2021



 



1. Choose a photo.



2. Make your post



'As a kid, I wanted to become a forensic scientist.



I’m sharing this photo to support the United Nations Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, because I believe kids should dream now & work later.



I challenge @chrislongden, @soniassmile to do the same. #EndChildLabour2021'



3. Join the movement



 Are you in? Join the challenge?



Use the social media hashtag: #EndChildLabour2021



Much love and respect to all child labour activists, campaigners and supporters



In Solidarity



Sabeena



 



FURTHER READING AND LINKS



The Little Fair Trade Blog - World Day Against Child Labour 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed



World Day Against Child Labour



End Child Labour - International Year For The Elimination of Child Labour 2021



The Dark Side of Chocolate



Fair Trade Chocolate Masterclass with Bruce Crowther MBE



The World Fair Trade Organization 



Namaste UK




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