International Day against Child Labour

In the framework of the International Day against Child Labour, 12th of June, Dialogue Works together with other agencies launches the child friendly version of the Durban Call to Action (the outcome document of the GLOCON 2022. The report is jointly published by Dialogue Works, Mtoto News, Save the Children South Africa, Unicef, CRNSA and the South African Department of Social Development.

The Durban Call to Action is a document that emphasizes the need for urgent action to end child labour. It was adopted by Delegates at the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour on 20 May 2022. Its goal is to accelerate progress on ending child labour, after years of reversal due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and other global vulnerabilities. To achieve the shared goal of zero child labour, thousands of Delegates from governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, UN agencies, civil society and regional organizations agreed to focus on specific key areas, including child labour in agriculture, children’s rights to education, and universal access to social protection. The Durban Call to Action is a landmark in the movement against child labour because, for the first time, children are signatories to the document and made clear their expectations for decision-makers to step up their efforts. The event was also special because it was the first to be held in Africa (click here for more information).

With this child friendly version, children have easy and barrier free access to this important document. The booklet explains the most important institutions, the conference setting and the outcome document itself while the thematic area of children labour is explained during all abstracts. In between, there are easy to handle questions or riddles for children to discuss among their peers.

Children during the Dialogue Works Global Gathering in January, 2023. Photo: KNH – Jakob Studnar