The Dark Faces Of Child Labour 

Child labour is child abuse. It is modern-day slavery and a violation of the rights of the child. Article 6b of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) demands that governments ensure continuous growth of the child, while Article 19a calls on State parties to implement protective measures for the child from all forms of abuse. In spite of this convention, many regimes have failed to provide lifelong security and protection to the children. It seems that most children, safeguarding policies just ended up locked in office desks, and nobody worries. 


Child labour has many dark, disgusting faces. It includes sexual exploitation of minors, such as child prostitution, Internet pornography, and holiday sex-trade to for western men. Some parents, particularly mothers, are offering their little daughters for sex in exchange for money and material gifts. The other kinds of child labour are; forced physical unpaid jobs, forced conscription as child soldiers, drug & animal trafficking, forced pick-pocketing & petit thefts. Certain kids are pulled out of schools to stay home as nannies to look after their younger siblings simply because their parents cannot afford to pay for babysitters. At present, other children are serving as permanent long-term house-helps in many African and Asian states. The majority of them face severe exploitation as their employers do not pay them the agreed wages. They are crushed, mutilated, assault, sexual by their employers or employers’ children and sometimes some are killed.  

In many regions around the world, children who are street-hawking are not seen as experiencing abuse. Although, some of these youngsters are placed under duress to hawk, some are not. And the latter fall in the category of these children who are from impoverished societies, and they are obliged to work to sustain their family. 

Lack of proper education is one major characteristic of child labour. But how does one anticipate a poor family, with barely one-dollar per day to survive, to have the monetary means to send their children to school? 

Child labour has no particular target. Every child is apt to experience one form of child labour. Yet, many unaccompanied migrants-children have and are still falling prey to forced labours. The vulnerability of orphans female children remains undisputed, especially to forced child-sex works. 

It is quite difficult to pinpoint child labour to a particular type abuse against children. It is vast. The reality is, there are other types of child labour yet to be identified.

#CSW59: SEXUALITY EDUCATION: THE WAY FORWARD FOR EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT

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Conference Topic: SEXUALITY EDUCATION: THE WAY FORWARD FOR EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT (The Way forward for Equality and Empowerment (Tremplin ver l’Egalité et l’Emancipation )

Host: Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations International Planned Parenthood Federation 

Location: UNHQ ECOSOC Chamber – Conference Building

Summary:

Comprehensive sexuality education matters because it functions. 
Addressing the subject of gender power. 
Silence kills.
Stigma about sex destroys.
— UN Special Rapporteur for Education.
— Sexuality education address fundamental issues everywhere.
— The demand for the integration of sexuality education in the school curriculum
— Recognising and addressing the ignorant of men and young boys on sexual education.
— Stress the obligation for young men to use condom during sex intercourse.
— The misguided conception about sex among the youthful ones.
— Most religions support the holiness of the bodies but they also contribute to many concerns about sexuality.
— Sexual education contribute to the empowering of women and misses.
THE PLACE OF RELIGION ON SEXUAL EDUCATION 
— The sexual education of young female children.
— Sexual education gives access to other rights.
— It is really important that we do not forget the young men when it comes to sexual education. They need to learn more about it so that they can help their partners, encourage and empower them.
— The formulation and implementation of Sexual education of girls depends on the countries.
— France is confronted with radicalised group of citizenry that does not agree with sexual education to the implanted and implemented in schools.
THE ISSUE OF CONSENT
— Young women are entitled to decide when they should have sex or not.
— They have to rights to say ‘no’ when they are being coerce into having sex.
— The trouble with abstinence is that it does not address child marriage : you are either sexually active or you are not.
— Abstinence is an ingredient of a pitcher, which have no solid base. It just does not work. It is grossly insufficient.
LGTB AND SEXUAL EDUCATION
— Sexual education has to include the LGBT sexual education.
— Ace of the obstacle to sexual education is ignorant.
— Everywhere young gay people are committing suicide for being bullied.
— And ignorant about LGBT is widespread worldwide and still a challenge despite the its growing awareness.
— It is crucial to emphasis that sexual education is not based on the intention to change anyone’s sexuality. It is about teaching and giving the rights to know what has to be.

Eradicating Early/Forced Child Marriage

Eradicating Early/Forced Child Marriage

Girls Not Brides.org is entirely dedicated to denouncing child marriage. We highly recommend this website to any one interested in learning more about the causes, consequences and further information relating to countries practising this atrocity.


 

BRIEF NOTE FROM FEMINIST CHURCH

It only takes a parent’s decision to make right the life of a child. It makes an entire community to build a peaceful nation. Where parents’ willingness to marry off their little girl to someone 5 times older than her all in the name of altering their impoverished status or to satisfy their cultural rites, are all acts of ignorance. Lack of awareness ruins the intelligent minds. Lack of education destroys a productive country. Child Marriage is pandemic, an abuse of a girl-child right to livelihood and freedom. Child Marriage is a mask of deceit, promoting a darker world, dimming the illuminating lives of future female generation. No girl-child is supposed to be subjected to the marital trails meant for a full-grown female. The girl-child must have the freedom to carry on her education, be given the choice to fulfil her prospective dreams, have the liberty to mingle with her age mates without any orders from anyone other than her parents. The girl-child of 8 – 17 years old is not a bed mate for a moron all in the name of marriage. Holy matrimonial is not for a girl-child of 8-17 year-old! Her place is in the school and not in the kitchen acting as the young wife to a dunce.

A man who marries to a girl-child of 8 -17 year-old is a perpetrator and an abuser. It is high time to take action and STOP child marriage. It must never happen again. Not now, not anymore, not a practice for the coming generation.

 

Can We Kidnap the President’s Daughter?

Today is Mother’s Day. Many mothers are celebrating this day with their daughters but unfortunately, somewhere in the far northern Nigeria, there are about 300 mothers living at this day in agony.

Their joy of motherhood is destabilised and wounded. It’s already close to a month since Boko Haram, deranged terrorists, stole these girls from their school, from their mothers and from their education. The girl-child fundamental right to life is violated. Let us not believe that this is strictly a Nigerian issue. As a matter of fact, this is a worldwide catastrophe as attention is being focused on destroying the girl-child education. International communities are altogether facing a disturbing situation, which is somehow circulating all over the world. Previously, it’s been Uganda, Yemen, Pakistan and now, Nigeria.

A terrorist’s focus is shifting from waging war against religion to education. A terrorist fails or do not wish to comprehend the power of knowledge and as such he is blindfolded by his demented mind. Murdering innocent women and children implies the terrorist is void of compassion, and he is capable of murdering his mother and sisters without a second thought.

What we do not understand is that Boko Haram is financially bankrupt and it is for this reason they’d kidnap the girls. The terrorist group is currently in dire need of money in exchange for the hostages. When we go back to watch the video he posted recently, he mentioned selling these girls. They need money to continue to operate their gospel of hatred, of ignorant, of evil and of bombing. Now they waiting for the government to negotiate.

We should probe on why their leader chose to convey himself in English language on video if he is actually against education? How did he learn the language? The English language is a Western language and not a Nigerian native language. If really he hates Western schooling, then he should have communicated in his local language. This is perhaps one convincing fact that he gave himself up. It shows he is a coward, a failure and a man that need proper enlightenment.

Saddened that the Nigerian government fails to act immediately after learning of the abduction. I heard someone suggesting the best way to wake up the Nigerian president is tantamount to kidnap his daughter. Will this solved the enigma? Or will the kidnapper gains easy access, through the presidential palace’s tight security, to grab the girl?  The Chibok girls were easily abducted because they had no security guards watching over them 24/7, while the president’s daughter(s) probably has a bodyguard at her back and calling.

A world divided by status and wealth, a country against itself owing to the incapacitate of the current government to defend its people.

First Lady, Michelle Obama recently bridged a presidential protocol when she used her husband weekly radio speech to address her agony regarding the kidnapped children. By this, she’d portray her intelligent and her motherly compassion. However, is the Nigerian First Lady taking advantage of her office to help these suffering mothers and not just shedding tears (and vainly calling on God multiple times) publicly on TV? Nigerians are fed up of a government without actions.

Perhaps this person is right about kidnapping the President’s daughter(s). Maybe that would stir him up to go to rescue the Chibok girls.

What do you think? 

The Proliferation of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zone

A Woman in Berlin as autobiographical diary thoroughly portrays the hideous facts of mass rape, within the eight weeks, in conflicted Germany towards of the end of Second World War. Also genocidal rape during the Rwanda massacre did not leave out shocking account of the horrible experiences and naturally only the victim-survivors were in a position to recount their ordeals.

Many times we’d have the statement — ‘never to let it happen again in the history of mankind’, nevertheless, there tend to be unbelievable upsurge of sexual violence in conflict zone.

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Why me? These two words transformed into terrifying question are often disturbing, but what victim-survivors of sexual violence in conflict asked.

Marginalization of women and girls in conflict zone impede exposure to the vulnerability of sexual violence. Men wage war, or perhaps we ought to phrase clearer without any ambiguity. Who are first the decision makers at the governmental level? Both men and women, notwithstanding the majority lie with the men.

In collision, women and children are most often left behind, forgotten and abandoned. Perhaps if their welfare, safety and security were taken into account, the war would not have started. The political willpower of the mighty to retain power and suppress the minority prevents the existence of scrupulous assessment of the jeopardy involved if ventured into war.

Take for instance the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Regrettably, the media somehow downsize the collision only to power struggle between constitutional powers — Ukraine and Russian governments.

How about reporting on forceful sexual acts and assaults circulating among Pro-Russians and indigenous Ukrainians in cities like the recently annexed Crimea? That has never been brought to the limelight despite the fact that we knew this is happening, probably at the time of this writing.

Another example is the new South Sudan. This morning, I read a report from the PeaceWomen’s newsletter about the United Nation Security Council’s Open Debate on Sexual Violence, where Rhoda Misaka, a civil society representative from South Sudan spoke about the prevalent atrocities of sexual violence of Sudanese women and girls during conflict.

Sudan conflict widely depicts the continuum of sexual violence in conflict that needs to be addressed and fortuitously, forthcoming Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in the UK in June 10-13, 2014, will proffer tangible conclusion, most important, on disarmament because it is by reducing the proliferation of weapons of war that we can get to tackling sexual violence in conflict, and of course, in post-conflict zones.

 

 

A Dagger Without Pity

In February 2009, it can be shocking to discover how many African female children are being mutilated within a week after their birth, all in the name of tradition.
Nearly all the African countries practise Female Genital Mutilation. For years, there have been hundreds of efforts from several NGOs to stop this crime.

Some of these African states have passed out laws banishing FGM but the question is; has that law been executed? We are made to believe that with this law, there will be no more FGM.
Do you trust this law?
For once, I want to make it clear that in these African Countries, FGM is still in going on. we can spread the awareness to those that are close to us. If we know those who hold on to this practice, we can convince them to put a stop to it.

If we don’t talk, no one will know that FGM is a crime against the RIGHTS of a female-Child. FGM is a cultural-foolishness.
Help Spread the word againt FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION. It is a dagger without pity.

Princess Ayelotan