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Uzbekistan asks global retailers to lift cotton boycott due to pandemic

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Uzbekistan's labor ministry says 1.5 million Uzbeks are unemployed as a result of lockdown measures and other factors related to the global coronavirus pandemic

A Uzbekistan's cotton grower looks on as she works in a cotton plantations outside Tashkent, on October 24, 2019. - A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest. (Photo by Yuri KORSUNTSEV / AFP)

U.S. tech giants sued over cobalt mine child labor deaths

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The case is lodged on December 15 in the name of 14 unidentified victims, who are members of the families of children killed in tunnel collapses, as well as children maimed as they worked

COBALT CULPABILITY. A child and a woman break rocks extracted from a cobalt mine at a copper quarry and cobalt pit in Lubumbashi on May 23, 2016. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

Trade union welcomes creation of anti-child labor council

Sep 28, 2019 - 6:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs EO 92, which establishes the National Council Against Child Labor

FIGHTING CHILD LABOR. Duterte's EO 92 establishes the National Council Against Child Labor. Photo from Shutterstock

INFOGRAPHICS: Labor orders in 2017 meant to ease workers’ burden

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Women can no longer be required to wear high-heeled shoes, and those in sedentary environment are required to take standing breaks. Here's a list of government directives that might be useful to you.

U.S. cites 'significant advancement' in PH anti-child labor drive

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Despite the gains, there are still around 2.1 million Filipino children who are exposed to hazardous labor

152 million children worldwide still engaged in labor – ILO

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Half of these child laborers are exposed to hazardous work

INFOGRAPHIC: How childhood is stolen from kids around the world

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:00 AM

There are 700 million kids whose childhood ended early says a report by by international child’s rights group Save the Children

LOST CHILDHOOD. Over 700 million kids around the world have ended their childhood early due to young child mortality, malnutrition, poor education, child labor, early marriage, teenage pregnancy and war. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

U.S. to provide $3.5 million to help PH combat child trafficking

Apr 11, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Under the agreement signed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and US Chargé d Affaires Michael Klecheski NGOs will have their share of the fund

ANTI-CHILD TRAFFICKING. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and US Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski sign the child protection compact (CPC) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

DOLE widens ban on child labor in agriculture

Jan 18, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The agriculture sector which employs more than 85 000 children has the highest incidence of child labor in the country

BIGGEST CHUNK. The agriculture sector has the most number of child laborers with more than 85,000 kids employed under it.

Groups urge to legalize small-scale mining to stop child labor

Jan 15, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Out of 350 000 workers in small scale gold mining 18 000 are women and children

Gov't, ILO vow to free 1 million kids from child labor

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Their campaign 1MBatangMalaya aims to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate child labor by 2025

1 MILLION FREE KIDS. The International Labor Organization, together with several national government agencies, vows to end child labor by 2025. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

On Trinoma-SM footbrige, boy sells flowers and reads his way to school

Nov 23, 2016 - 9:32 AM

His brother does the same in another footbridge With their father in jail they sell sampaguitas so they could go to school

SAMPAGUITA BOY. After school, a boy sells sampaguita garlands on a footbridge in Quezon City. Photo by Kenneth Panlilio

6 practices to reduce child labor in sugarcane farms

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:41 PM

World Vision shares 6 best practices under its Livelihoods Education Advocacy and Protection to Reduce Child Labor in Sugarcane Areas project which helped 54 479 Filipino child laborers

FILIPINO CHILD LABORERS. Some 5.492 million Filipino children at 5 to 17 are already working. 3.210 million of them work in hazardous working environments. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pope appeals for end to 'slavery' of child labor

Jun 12, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Millions of children are deprived of some of their fundamental rights and find themselves exposed to grave dangers says Pope Francis

epa05070362 A photo dated 10 December 2015 shows Indian boy Raju Rajbanshi working in a brick making field in Hajipur, Bihar state, India. Parents from underprivileged society send their child for engaging in a job as a distressed measure due to poor economic conditions. According to the 2011 national census, a total of 4.4 million children in the age group of 5 to 14 years are working, however experts believe that the figures are much higher. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Cigarettes you're smoking could've been made by child labor in Indonesia

May 25, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Children are being put to work on tobacco plantations in Indonesia that supply some of the world s biggest cigarette companies putting their health at serious risk

CHILD LABOR. Cigarettes smoked in other countries could have been made by children. EPA

Rescuers search for survivors of Pakistan factory collapse

Nov 05, 2015 - 10:08 PM

Dozens of shift workers – including children workers as young as 12 – may have been sleeping in a part of the building that rescuers had not yet reached

RESCUE. Pakistani soldiers, policemen and rescuers search for victims in the rubble of a collapsed factory on the outskirts of Lahore on November 5, 2015. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

Int'l group slams PH gov't failure to stop child labor in mines

Sep 30, 2015 - 11:02 AM

UPDATED While the Philippine benefits from small scale mining in the provinces HRW says the industry must be rid of any and all elements that force children to live adult lives

CHILD LABOR. The image shows children working for small-scale mining. Photo from HRW

Children of the mines

Aug 23, 2015 - 8:01 PM

An 11 year old boy has to work hard just to earn a hundred pesos while the rest of our congressmen are wasting money on substandard infrastructure projects

Kids use a wooden pan to extract gold from a mixture of mud and sand which comes from a pit with up to 8 meters deep. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Teachers told to help identify child laborers among students

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:45 PM

The labor department has a checklist of indicators to determine if a student is at risk or already a victim of child labor

3 child laborers rescued from Cebu construction site

Jun 30, 2015 - 6:14 PM

There are around 219 000 identified child laborers in Central Visayas

10 good practices to address child labor in agriculture

Jun 19, 2015 - 11:05 AM

A new guide released by the Food and Agriculture Organization aims to help in reducing the number of child workers all over the world

Concert rocks for an end to child labor in the Philippines

Jun 14, 2015 - 9:59 AM

There are 2 1 million child laborers in the Philippines We must put a stop to this

STOP CHILD LABOR. Thousands gather at an open concert in Luneta to rock out for an end to child labor in the Philippines. There are 2.1 million child workers in the country.

Artists to rock against child labor, mark PH Independence Day

Jun 10, 2015 - 2:01 PM

The concert organized by the ILO and RockEd Philippines will call for freedom from child labor on June 12

CHILD LABOR. Filipino children work by collecting sand at a shoreline in the Manila suburbs on April 24 2010. File photo by Francis R Malasig/EPA Francis R Malasig/EPA

These guys attempt to experience labor pains

May 11, 2015 - 5:35 PM

How do they fare?

Film, photography: Not just a man’s game

Mar 22, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Documentary photographer and filmmaker Nana Buxani shares her work and her passions in a field dominated by men – and the key lessons she learned along the way

Indian police rescue hundreds of child slaves as young as 6

Jan 30, 2015 - 9:52 PM

Police discovers 120 children some of them sick underweight and traumatized during the most recent raids on bangle making and other workshops as part of a city wide crackdown on child slavery

Child labor image from Shutterstock

Study: At least 1 in 5 PH households tolerates child labor

Jan 28, 2015 - 5:11 PM

Worse child labor especially in plantations and mines provides no means by which the children and their families may escape the vicious cycle of generational poverty the study says

Roxas drops, 'Emergency' powers, Pope to shoppers | The wRap

Dec 11, 2014 - 7:28 PM

Mar Roxas’ not so winnable as his numbers drop President Aquino gets emergency powers to address the power shortage Pope Francis says boycott products made by modern day slaves

Child labor seen in 13 PH goods – US report

Dec 10, 2014 - 9:33 PM

Who picked the cotton for the shirt on your back? Who cut the cane for the sugar in your coffee? Who fired the kiln to make the bricks in your fireplace?

Street-smart math kids now scholars

Oct 15, 2014 - 3:36 PM

Three boys show us that personal circumstances are not obstacles to talent and hard work

Pakistan's Malala, India's Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 10, 2014 - 5:05 PM

UPDATED The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the prize saying that peaceful global development can only come about if children and the young are respected

Malala Yousafzai (L) , Kailash Satyarthi (R) / EPA

Samsung suspends supplier over child labor claims

Jul 14, 2014 - 3:00 PM

A follow up investigation after the allegations by CLW found evidence of an illegal hiring process that took place on June 29

Samsung to probe child labor charges in China

Jul 10, 2014 - 4:32 PM

China Labor Watch CLW says the supplier Shinyang Electronics reportedly hired at least five workers under the age of 16

SAMSUNG. A man rides past a Samsung mobile shop on a street in Hanoi, Vietnam, 08 July 2014. Luong Thai Linh/EPA

Bolivia congress allows child labor from age 10

Jul 04, 2014 - 12:32 PM

By reducing the legal limit to 10 years old from 14 lawmakers hope to help eradicate extreme poverty from the South American country by 2025

#PugadBaboy: Child Labor Punchline 2

Jul 01, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Child Labor

Jul 01, 2014 - 5:00 AM

The children who can't enter kindergarten

Jun 19, 2014 - 4:51 PM

The Philippines is home to over 2 million working Filipino children aged 5 17 as of 2013 Many of them lack access to proper education and nutrition

CHILD'S PLAY. A group of children make use of their slippers during an improvised game of volleyball

Lending a hand to the charcoal children of Tondo

May 04, 2014 - 3:08 PM

It s hard to imagine that while children in privileged parts of the world are enjoying their youth the children of Ulingan Tondo are literally playing with fire

Photo by Kim Pauig

PH losing trillions of pesos yearly due to malnutrition

Mar 12, 2014 - 1:45 PM

The Philippines loses about P2 trillion a year as a result of lost productivity and health care costs caused by malnutrition

MALNUTRITION. Aside from its impacts on physical health, malnutrition also imposes social and economic burdens on countries. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Don't cry for me, North Korea

Jan 17, 2014 - 5:00 AM

On stage mothers and Kim Jong un

#PugadBaboy: Don't cry for me, North Korea punchline 2

Jan 17, 2014 - 5:00 AM

On stage mothers and Kim Jong un

#PugadBaboy: Don't cry for me, North Korea punchline 3

Jan 17, 2014 - 5:00 AM

On stage mothers and Kim Jong un

The State of the Nation’s Girls: Rising

Oct 13, 2013 - 1:14 PM

International Day of the Girl helps raise awareness of girls worldwide who are deprived of education and other basic rights

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. 63% of the world's illiterate youth are female. That's 77.6 million girls worldwide. All photos from the Facebook page

In Lebanon, refugee Syrian children work to survive

Sep 23, 2013 - 11:54 AM

There are no firm figures on the number of Syrian children working in Lebanon but many tell stories of exploitation and abuse

CHILDREN OF WAR. Young Syrian refugees carrying shoe shine kits as they search for customers in a street in Beirut on September 18, 2013. AFP/Joseph Eid

DOLE gives P11-M aid to parents of child laborers

Jul 08, 2013 - 6:47 PM

An estimated 3 700 children will be kept away from child labor under this program

Rappler Newscast | June 12, 2013

Jun 12, 2013 - 8:54 PM

On Independence Day Aquino urges Filipinos to follow ILO: 10 5m children are servants worldwide Google Facebook Microsoft ask US to allow disclosure

10-M children work as domestic servants: ILO

Jun 12, 2013 - 9:30 AM

Vulnerable to physical psychological and sexual violence and abusive working conditions they are often isolated hidden and become highly dependent on employers

CHILD LABOR. Afghan child laborers carry water at a mechanics shop in Ghazni city, during Children's Day on June 1, 2013. Photo by Rahmatullah Alizada/AFP

Pinoy street kid wins $100,000 peace prize

Sep 20, 2012 - 12:59 PM

A 13 year old who lived off a rubbish dump and slept in an open tomb won a prestigious award for his work to improve the rights of his fellow street kids

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu shakes hands with Kesz, 13, after awarding him with the Children's Peace Prize at the Ridderzaal in the Hague on September 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ILVY NJIOKIKTJIEN netherlands out

PH asked to step up fight vs child labor

Jun 28, 2012 - 5:58 PM

There are now 5 6 million Filipino working children up from 4 million in 2001

A girl working in a Manila dumpsite. Photo courtesy of ILO

Meet Enrico and Danica, child workers

Jun 26, 2012 - 5:12 PM

At least 5 5 million Filipino kids are classified as child workers according to the first national survey since 2001

DUMP. A child worker in Tondo, Manila. Photo courtesy of ILO