End Employment of Domestic Child Workers
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17.2 million children are employed as domestic workers worldwide (International Labor Organisation, 2012). These include children in our neighbouring countries including Indonesia and the Philippines. Child domestic workers are children who are employed to work in a household that is not their own. Most of the children are very young - under the age of 12 years old. These children are not considered 'slave' workers because technically they are receiving some sort of income for their work. But this does not make up for the infringement upon their human rights as children. They are exploited, receive little pay and are at risk of violence and abuse. As the employment is taking place within private homes and is hidden from public scrutiny, there is no protection of these children, which often leads to further child abuse that is difficult to uncover.
According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have the right to an education, the right to engage in play, and the right to feel safe. When children are employed as child domestic workers they are often forced to work exorbitant hours a week, leaving no opportunity to engage in learning or playing, the two most important occupations of children.
Article 32 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that "Governments should protect children from work that is dangerous or that might harm their health or education". Whilst the 2016-2017 Australian Aid Budget made some contributions towards supporting the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), there was no money put towards specifically ending child domestic workers internationally. Also, large organisation such as Amnesty International aim to protect human rights, however when making donations, money cannot be allocated specifically to ending child domestic workers.
Please sign our petition to help us raise awareness of this important issue to large organisations like Amnesty International and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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