Introducing: “It’s Time to Talk!”

Our campaign – “It’s Time to Talk – Children’s views on Children’s work”– incorporates numerous international organizations, stakeholders and individuals all campaigning to ensure that working children have a voice in the discussions on child labour. The campaign is aimed at ensuring that the opinions of working boys and girls on child work and labour enter the political debates at the Fourth Global Child Labour Conference in Argentina alongside those of the politicians, trade unions and participating nations.

This is urgently needed: At the previous conferences in Venice, The Hague and Brasilia, working children had very little opportunity to speak out and the debate went on over their heads. This is despite the fact that children have a right to be heard and to be involved in all matters affecting them, as stated in Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The main aim of our campaign is to realize this right for all working children.

In the run-up to the Global Conference in 2017, working children all around the world are to be interviewed, their wishes, problems, needs and concerns heeded and their opinions noted. The children and young people concerned will then be involved in putting the results of these interviews together in a study. To achieve this, the campaign will call on the help of experienced social scientists. The research toolkits and the final study will be continually checked by children’s advisory groups: Are the questions comprehensible? Is the study written in a language that children can also understand? Does it describe the real life situation of working children properly? The final study will then be published in summer 2017 – just in time for the World Conference on Child Labour in Argentina.