India has 440 million children. That’s more than the entire population of North America (USA, Mexico and Canada put together). Every fifth child in the world is Indian. A new ILO report has found that almost 17 million children between five and 17 are engaged in child labour in South Asia, and one in five of these are aged 11 or under.The most recent global estimates suggest some 120 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in child labour, with boys and girls in this age group almost equally affected.
Badhte Kadam members are featured in the news for our response against the amended Child Labor Act.
Can you imagine they want to allow children younger than 14 to engage in work? This shows encouragement for children to be given work and not attend school!
Read all about our meeting in the news here and our response to the amended Child Labor Act.
16 year old Chandni said that “there was no child labor in any shop or showroom of Noida, shopkeeper and showroom owners know that child labour is an offence that is punishable, but after the passing of this of law, children who are below 14 years, can now work after school hours, which will mean that the owners will now take up the children work force as they are cheap labour, there will be more forced labour and exploitation, as they will want to earn more profit and exploit them more”.
On Friday 15th May Badhte Kadam members went to Delhi Haat to join with other talented performers for the Knot so Young Campaign.
We prepared and performed dances against child marriage and got to meet Terrance Lewis who is backing the campaign.
Did you know?
India is one of the 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage. 47% of girls in India are married before the age of 18 years and 22% of these girls gave birth before they turned 18.
Millions of girls are pushed into housekeeping and child bearing; and boys into providing for the family. Child marriage affects boys as well, however, girls are disproportionately affected. Many girls are forced to drop out of school and get married at the brink of puberty, many even before that.