Dans le cadre de la Journée mondiale contre le travail des enfants, nous partageons avec vous le communiqué de presse de la Fédération internationale de Terre des Hommes, dont nous faisons partie. Ce dernier appelle à la participation des enfants travailleurs pour identifier des solutions durables à leur situation.
En effet, avec la pandémie, le travail des enfants a dramatiquement augmenté. Beaucoup d’enfants ont cessé d’aller à l’école pour travailler afin de compenser les pertes financières de leurs parents. En écoutant ces enfants, nous pouvons comprendre leurs parcours de vie : cela permet de comprendre les causes profondes de leur situation ainsi que leurs besoins.
Le mouvement Terre des Hommes considère cette participation des enfants travailleurs comme étant une base afin d’identifier des mesures politiques qui pourraient prendre en charge la problématique pour un véritable changement. Pour approfondir cette problématique importante, nous vous invitons donc à consulter le communiqué de presse (en anglais) :
On the World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June 2021
Terre des Hommes calls for participation of working children in identifying sustainable solutions
On the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour, Terre des Hommes underlines the importance of creating spaces for working children to participate in local to global policy debates in line with Art. 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic pressure on children has severely heightened and estimates as well as observations of partner organisations around the globe point to a dramatic increase in child labour. Many children have
dropped out of school and started to work to cover income losses of their parents, the costs of health services and to support their families during the pandemic. Listening to these children provides helpful insights into their lives. It helps understand their needs and the root causes for their situation. Terre des Hommes sees this as the basis for identifying policy measures that tackle the problem in a nuanced way
and create the ground for sustainable change.
2021 has been announced the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour and manifold actions are undertaken to accelerate action to improve the situation of working children. Terre des Hommes stands side by side with working children in diverse settings and contexts and aims to support their views and suggestions being heard and taken into account in political decision-making processes.
Driven by the conviction that there is no “one fits all”-solution, Terre des Hommes has pledged to support the activities around the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour1 by setting up 25 working children’s advisory committees worldwide that will share their experiences, needs and recommendations in policy dialogues. Embedded in the framework of the international campaign “Dialogue Works – Anchoring working children´s participation in societal and political processes” (2020-2024) and implemented jointly with Kindernothilfe, this project will help to identify nuanced solutions that meet the needs of working children in their specific context.
The participation of children is at the heart of the work of Terre des Hommes and forms a key pillar in managerial and operational processes at all levels. Besides Dialogue works, Terre des Hommes is partner of the Child Labour: Action-Research-Innovation in South and South-Eastern Asia (CLARISSA), a child-centred action-research programme that aims to identify the key drivers of the worst forms of child labour and developed innovative solutions to prevent them in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal.
Terre des Hommes calls upon governments, the European Union (EU), international institutions and the international community to provide and support safe spaces for working children to be heard in decisionmaking processes and to take their views and suggestions into account. Terre des Hommes recommends the EU (European Commission, European External Action Services) to ensure that the Human Rights and Democracy thematic programme of the Global Europe instrument will promote the participation of children and youth from most vulnerable communities – including working children – through structured child participation mechanisms and empower them to be actively involved in decisions that affect their lives.