Staying #GlobalFromHome: World Day Against Child Labor

by Stranger’s Guide

While the number of children in child labor has declined by 94 million since 2000, according to the UN, the rate of reduction has slowed by two-thirds in recent years. In 2002, The International Labour Organization launched the World Day Against Child Labor to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and what needs to be done to eliminate it. This week we’re staying #GlobalFromHome while learning about child labor around the world.

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UNICEF’s interactive child labor map lets you click on a country to find out the status of child labor in that place. In Somalia, for example, more than 40% of children aged 5 to 14 are involved in child labor—the vast majority unpaid.




The Price of Free, which won the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the 2018 Sundance film festival, follows Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s journey to liberate children from slavery. Together with a team of activists, Satyarthi travels the globe conducting secret rescue missions as they look for missing children.



Industrialization led to a dramatic increase in child labour. The British Library asked Emma Griffin, a professor of history at the University of East Anglia in the UK to explore the dangerous, exhausting work undertaken by children in factories and mines, and the literary responses of writers including Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.





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Indian Spoken Word

“I look nothing like my mother,” says Indian poet Nupur Saraswat in her spoken word video Twisted And Mine. “My hair, twisting like a pig’s tail at every end, my hips take too much space on the train, my breasts take too much space on my body. . . . It wasn’t long before I realized my body offended people . . . The girls around me were getting used to being sent home from school for wearing their skirts too short; I got used to being sent home for letting my big, black, curly hair down. The teachers would try to explain that my hair was inappropriate for an educational institution.”

Spoken word is fast becoming the vehicle of choice with which Indian youth express themselves. Frustrated with their political leaders and for years feeling disenfranchised, they use spoken-word poetry to talk about everything from relationships and sexuality to depression and suicide. No subject is off limits.

Shantanu Anand, who founded the Airplane Poetry Movement to help popularize spoken word in India, says it gives young people “a way to share that opinion which is not just a Facebook status or an essay.” Shruthi Mohan, who runs Open Sky, an open mic platform in cities across the country, says it has made “ranting and venting as a form as expression” acceptable.