Contributing to World Day Against Child Labour

January 27, 2019

How would you feel if your 7-year-old son, daughter, nephew, niece or grandchild was forced to work all day, every day? 

Fortunately, that’s something no one in Australia or other developed countries ever has to contemplate. But in many parts of the world young children work in hot, dirty, dangerous factories or in fields, planting and harvesting crops.

I know I can’t imagine the horror of having my little daughters forced into that situation. But it’s a reality for many parents in many African and Asian countries.

An estimated 152 million girls and boys throughout the world are involved in work that deprives them from education, good health, leisure and basic freedoms.

World Day Against Child Labour

A global campaign against child labour comes into focus every year in June with World Day Against Child Labour. This is a United Nations sponsored drive to eliminate the evils of underage workers. It highlights the progress being made in many countries and encourages businesses and consumers to be aware of how the products they buy and sell are produced.

 When my brother Tim, and I decided to start the Sugarcane Trading Co business importing handmade sustainable homewares, we vowed to not deal in any products where child labour was involved.

This means we visit the artisan communities where our upcycled rugs, hand etched metal lights and handcrafted metal bowls are made. We meet the skilled people, see for ourselves the working conditions and confirm no child workers are involved.

Tim and I are certain no children have any part in the creation of our homewares.

That means you can be sure too when you buy a Sugarcane Trading Co product for your home.

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