Last day of End Child Slavery Week. Sign the petition!

5.5 million children in the world are in slavery. Forced to work for up to 18 hours a day, these children are deprived of their future. Sold to third parties for less than the price of cattle into new and old forms of slavery, they miss out on education and are often convicted to a life of violence and exploitation, affecting the opportunities of their children and generations to come.

This vicious cycle of poverty and abuse of millions needs to end now.

To this end, the ITUC supports this year’s End Child Slavery Week, joining other unions and civil society organisations in their call for increased efforts to end child slavery. The alliance includes the Global March against Child Labour led by Kailash Satyarthi, a long term partner of the ITUC in the fight against all forms of child labour. Kailash shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Malala Yousafzai “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right to all children to education”.

Join the fight and sign the petition!

Call on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for the inclusion of the eradication of child slavery in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

Sign on and urge the international community to: “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour including recruitment and use of child soldiers and child slavery, and, by 2025, end child labour in all its forms”