The European Students' Union (ESU) and the Organising Bureau of School Student Unions (OBESSU) will start their campaign by jointly hosting a Rally for Every Child in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on 17th October. Both ESU and OBESSU are mobilising their national members across Europe to participate in the 'When Will Every Child Have Justice?' campaign.
100 Million in Brazil is launching its 'When Will Every Child Have Justice' campaign by hosting a screening of The Price of Free on 17th October at the University of Brasilia. The screening will conclude with a live Q&A with 100 Million campaign co-founder, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who will be in Brazil to support the National Campaign for the Right to Education's events during the week.
Activists from the Burundi National Students' Union will be travelling to the provinces of Gitega on the 15th October and Bubanza on the 16th October to hold community theatre acts on child rights, asking marginalised children in these communities about their knowledge of their rights and lack of access to them. These events will be held as part of the 'When Will Every Child Have Justice' campaign across Burundi. The national campaign focus is on ending child labour and the activists will be visiting rural communtiies with the Director of Children and Famly from the Ministry of Human Rights. The findings from their community outreach will be broadcast on Radio Scolaire NDERAGAKURA on 17th October to start the national awareness campaign of the problem of child labour.
The Chadian National Students' Union starts its campaign on 17th October at the Gaoui refugee site, 15 km from the capital N'Djamena. There will be theatre, dancing and a large demonstration with the refugee children, returnees and street children. They are calling for an end to the marginalisation of these children, for them to be included in justice and with access to services and not working at the expense of their education.
100 Millones Chile is organising a mass meeting of young people with parliamentarians on 10th December, with additional activities being hosted in local communities with authorities in attendance.
100 Million Germany is organising a march of youth activists on 27th November, travelling across Berlin to the Bundestag. Young people are demanding that decision-makers pledge to be active against child labour, and to pass a law against child labour which includes sustainable supply chains that respect human rights and the environment. This march is a follow-up to advocacy activities conducted directly with parliamentarians by 100 Million youth activists, which has already secured cross-party support for such a law to be debated by the Bundestag.
In Greater Accra alone, over 61,000 children were identified as living or working on the streets in 2011: 59% were girls. 23% of children aged between 5-14 in Ghana are engaged in some form of economic activity.
On 17th October a Rally for Every Child will be held with the Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopon, Hon. Vincent Sowah Odotei, in his constituency, bringing the community together through music and dance, led by youth activists and comprising student dancers and children from the Chorkor community.
The campaign will continue across the country, with young people asking their Members of Parliament to make pledges in their communities to end child injustice and specifically child labour. October will also see other actions in universities, led by the Women Commissioners of the Student Representative Councils in tandem with the student unions, geared towards a nationwide awareness on child labour and its ripple effects on national, regional and international development.
100 Million India, supported nationally by the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation India and child protection movement Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), as well as many state and local civil society organisations, has already reached out to more than 500 schools in over 18 states and over 280 villages to join the Girls' March to School. On 11th October, from Assam to Gujarat, Punjab to Tamil Nadu, over 70,000 young people took to the streets to call for the right to education for every girl, until the age of 18.
The campaign in India will continue fighting for access to quality education, particularly for girls, as part of their efforts to achieve protection from violence and abuse as well as social empowerment for women and girls across the country. Read more here.
Ficha Uchi Initiative and the Kenyan Students' Union are leading the 'When Will Every Child Have Justice' campaign. Starting on 16th October, a press briefing will be held, led by children from local schools sharing some of the child rights issues they have identified. On 17th October they're hosting a mini music and arts festival to learn about child rights, where children will also help create a giant banner saying 'when will every child have justice?'. On 18th October, this giant banner will be marched through Nairobi, from Mathare, to the National Assembly to hand over a petition on delivering child rights.
In Liberia, two youth-led campaigns will be running national campaigns, The Liberian National Students' Union will be launching its series of actions with a parliamentarian on 17th October. From then until 10th December youth activists from the union will be visiting five of Liberia's fifteen counties, both rural and urban setttlements. They will be visiting radio stations, newspapers and local channels to discuss the lack of child protection in Liberia. They will also visit schools and print materials on the laws in Liberia that protect child rights to decentralise the legal instruments into communities, schools and workplaces. As well as a peaceful assembly at the legislature, they will follow up with a stakeholders dialogue to seek commitments from decision-makers.
In the words of the union: "The government of Liberia through the National Legislature passed law that protects the rights of every child within the space of Liberia, but this law seems to be ineffective as injustices against children continue to increase on a very high rate and the perpetrator of these are moving freely in these communities that housed these very child or children rights that are been violated."
The 100 Million Liberia Youth Committee will be holding a Rally for Every Child on 17th October at the William Kaydee Auditorium to demand justice for the most marginalised children, aimed at petitioning the Gender and Labour ministries to act, including a march to Parliament. They will also be publicising their demands on radio stations and in two of Liberia's daily newspapers. They will be following up with a meeting with the ministers. Youth activist Ewelle Sylvester commented: "The Judiciary system is slow and inefficient due to lack of means and man power. Police do not carry out investigations properly and often culprits remain unpunished. Child victims rarely receive reparations. Because of the inefficacy and generalised corruption, Liberians don’t have confidence in their judiciary system. The 100 Million Liberia Youth Committee have recognised that the overnment has shown a huge gap of injustices to the most marginalised street children , who are victims of child abuse, hild marriages, female genital mutilation (FGM), and child trafficking. Since the civil war, these governing arms of the Liberian Government have had lesser impact to ensure justice for young people across Liberia."
The focus in Sierra Leone is on the rights of the most marginalised girls, especially their vulnerability to sexual violence. The Sierra Leonean NUS is recommending to the government a review of the Sexual Offences Act of 2007, for better implementation. They are working with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Children's Affairs. They are also demonstrating to the government that "student bodies are viable partners in the eradication of child labour and injustice". Alongside short video messages and radio broadcasts on this issue the team will also visit 10 major secondary schools to discuss this issue.
In the US, the youth-led National Planning Group has decided to focus on ending child labour in the tobacco industry. 70% of all child laborers are found in agriculture. The number of children working in tobacco fields has continued to rise in recent years. The Child Labor Coalition estimates there are more than 300,000 children working in the agricultural industry in the United States and US laws allow this. Children working in these conditions face serious health issues, including a higher risk of cancer, reproductive health issues, mood disorders, and permanent neurological damage. In the words of the youth committee: "We have the ability to put an end to child labor happening in our own backyard. It is our responsibility to put a stop to this. So now we must ask: When will every child working in the tobacco fields have justice?”
The Zimbabwe National Students' Union is launching its campaign on 17th October with a Rally for Every Child. From then they will be holding a series of rallies across different communities, including public lectures and creating video skits to circulate on social media. "Section 75 of the Zimbabwean constitution guarantees the right to education. However we note with concern the rate at which education is becoming a privilege for the rich and inaccessible by ordinary Zimbabweans. ZINASU will host the activities to create a sense of urgency in addressing the inaccessibility of education by marginalised youth and children, particularly girls and children living with disabilities."