Together and individually, Kailash Satyarthi and Senator Tom Harkin — from opposite ends of the earth — have helped immeasurably to combat the worst forms of child labor.
Despite years of pressure on Hershey’s, Nestlé, and other chocolate heavyweights, thousands of kids under 14 are still doing the tough work of harvesting cocoa beans.
IPS’ Tiffany Williams is a featured panelist on congressional briefing by The Child Labor Coalition and The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) to promote the rights of 15 million child domestic workers.
There’s nothing sweet about child labor.
Big Chocolate uses forced labor in West Africa and feeds obesity and diabetes in the United States.
Maceo, who is 11 years old, shares his thoughts on child labor and holiday shopping.
The politics and socioeconomics of chocolate and why it is still a guilty pleasure.
Attend this lunchtime briefing with Austin Natee, who heads the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL). Under Austin’s leadership FAWUL has been fighting to end the abuse of child labor and advance the rights of the workers in Firestone’s operations in Liberia, West Africa. Earlier this year, FAWUL received the Iqbal Masih Award from the U.S. Department of Labor. The award was established by Congress to recognize the work of an individual, company, organization or national government to end the worst forms of child labor. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said “This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union to combat the worst forms of child labor internationally.” Austin is here in the U.S. for the annual convention of the United Steelworkers which represents Firestone workers in the U.S. and has been working in solidarity with the workers in Liberia.
Join Tiffany Williams, Advocacy Director for IPS’ Break the Chain Campaign and Emira Woods, Co-Director of IPS’ Foreign Policy In Focus project as we present a screening of The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary film by Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano about the continued allegations of trafficking of children and child labor in the international cocoa industry.
World Day Against Child Labor is this Saturday, June 12. Take a stand and demonstrate that children cannot continue to suffer while the world remains silent.