The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched World Day Against Child Labor in 2002. Every year on June 12th and throughout the month, we take the opportunity to highlight this important issue and to share best practices towards achieving the goal of eliminating child labor by 2025. On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Verité participated in a Twitter chat to commemorate this year’s World Day Against Child Labor. Facilitated by Winrock International, the Twitter chat also included Alyson Eynon from Plan International, Jen Marlay Global from the Global Fairness Initiative, and Jessica Ryckman from Lawyers Without Borders. Program Director, Quinn Kepes, represented Verité to address the focus for this year: the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labor.
Verité, in partnership with Winrock and Lawyers without Borders, is helping to implement CLEAR II, a project to reduce the prevalence of child labor in eight countries. This four-year project which began in 2014, is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and addresses the circumstances that contribute to child labor and builds on the CLEAR I project, which is being implemented by the ILO. Verité’s role in this partnership includes providing technical support to public officials and private companies to reduce child labor. Eight countries are involved in this project including Nepal, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Honduras, Panama, and Belize, with two others still to be named.
Verité was pleased to play a role in “Out of the Shadows: Innovative Approaches to Combating Forced Labor and Other Forms of Worker Exploitation,” a multi-stakeholder conference convened by the ILO Washington office, Humanity United, and the US Department of Labor on April 22nd in Washington, DC.