The grassroots popular movement: "Global March Against Child Labour" will host and organize an International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture with support from the ILO. The conference will be held on 28-30 July 2012 in Washington D.C., USA.
The Global March is built on solidarity and constructive and coherent collaboration between civil society, trade unions and teacher organisations. It has been a long-time partner of the ILO, particularly its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), and other organisations, including UNICEF, and has an established reputation worldwide as a respected child rights organisation.
Agriculture is the sector where most child labourers can be found. Worldwide 60 percent of all child labourers in the age group 5 - 17 years work in agriculture, including farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, and livestock. This amounts to over 129 million girls and boys. The majority (67.5%) of child labourers are unpaid family members. In agriculture this percentage is higher, and is combined with very early entry into work, sometimes between 5 and 7 years of age. However, agriculture remains a sector where limited progress has been made to address child labour and where programmes are still under-developed.
The Conference will be attended by key partners from UN, inter-governmental, employer, farmer and trade union organisations, civil society organisations and others to share knowledge and capacity, build and strengthen innovative and strategic partnerships and establish a strategic platform of action and follow-up, including for Roadmap 2016 and National Action Plans on Child Labour.
For more information, visit the Global March website: http://www.globalmarch.org/