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Much gained and much to do: 30 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

It is beyond doubt that the lives of millions of children across the planet have improved since 1989. 

 

The fight against child labour in Madagascar

Mica mines in Madagascar - large-scale child labour

My hands are damaged and the mica dust makes me cough a lot.

Mica mined by children from Madagascar without hindrance in everyday products

Mica mined by children from Madagascar without hindrance in everyday products

Research Terre des Hommes: at least 50% mica workers are minors.

Terre des Hommes is working on responsible metal supply chains by signing a metal convenant

Terre des Hommes is working on responsible metal supply chains by signing a metal convenant

Terre des Hommes signs the metal covenant together with other organisations, the government, companies and trade unions. This is an important step towards making mining, trade, processing and recycling responsible. The aim is to reduce abuses in the field of human and children's rights and the environment in the metal sector.

Kippenfokkerij biedt Ethiopische meisjes veilige toekomst kinderhandel Afrika Terre des Hommes

Chicken farm offers safe future to Ethiopian girls

Ethiopië

Seven girls from the Ethiopian border town Gende Wuha started a chicken farm with the aid of local Terre des Hommes partner Mahibere Hiwot for Social Development (MSD). The girls live in the border area between Ethiopia and Sudan where teenage girls are often working in the sex industry due to poverty.

Children playing in Kwale county, Kenya. TDH research (2015) showed that up to 40% of underaged <18 expercience some form of commercial child sexual exploitation

Leading child rights organizations call for a second revolution in child rights

Thirty years after leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, millions of children lack rights and protections needed to thrive. 6 leading child-focused organizations - combined in the Joining Forces Alliance - call for urgent action

 

 

Kenyan parliamentarians signing the petition to enact the Children Bill

Lobbying Kenyan parliamentarians to enact the Children Bill

Kenia

Together with its Joining Forces Alliance partners, Terre des Hommes Netherlands has lobbied Kenyan parliamentarians to enact the Children Bill 2018. During the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Parliament Open Day, these child focused organisations urged MPs to pledge their support for the Bill by signing the petition.

VT graduation of ex child labourers in Moroto gold mines

Golden future for former gold mining children

Oeganda

A group of 64 former child labourers have received their vocational qualifications during a festive graduation ceremony in Moroto, Uganda. The children used to do hazardous labour in the small-scale gold mines of Moroto district.

Launch of research report Safely Engaged: Addressing Gender-Based Violence and Economic Exclusion of Girls and Young Women in Kenya

Plea to private sector Kenya to advance girls’ economic participation

Kenia

The Girls Advocacy Alliance has launched its research report Safely Engaged: Addressing Gender-Based Violence and Economic Exclusion of Girls and Young Women in Kenya - Public and Private Sector Practices in a seminar focusing on issues that girls and young women face in their attempt to economically participate to their full potential in society.

Fighting sexual exploitation at the Kenyan coast

In the media: fighting sexual exploitation at the Kenyan coast

Kenia

Poverty remains the major push factor for children to engage in child sexual exploitation at the Kenyan coast. In Kwale County, situated on the South Coast, 74% of the population is living below the poverty line.

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