Our Campaign

What is the “It’s Time to Talk!” campaign about?

Child focused agencies including Kindernothilfe, terre des hommes and others are part of an international campaign and research process called “It’s Time to Talk! – Children’s Views on Child Work”. The aim of the campaign is to support the voices of working boys and girls from many different contexts to be heard and considered in local, national and global meetings on Child Labour.

Children have a right to be heard in all matters affecting them (Art. 12 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child). Thus, consultations with working children are being facilitated in diverse contexts in different parts of the world to better understand the benefits, challenges, and risks of children’s work experienced by girls and boys in different situations; and to listen to children’s suggestions to improve their protection, development and wellbeing.

It is intended that key findings from the consultations will be shared in the run-up to, as well as at the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour that will take place in Argentina in 2017. In addition, the Campaign organisers encourage and support local and higher level action and advocacy with and by working children to improve their lives.

For international and national agencies to find effective and sustainable solutions to end the worst forms of child labour, to prevent the exploitation of boys and girls and to support children’s well-being and development, it is crucial to listen to and take into account the voices of working children. Ensuring children’s meaningful participation in the preparation of the Global conference will not only allow the ILO and its partners to fullfil children’s rights to participate in decisions affecting them, but it will also allow agencies to strengthen innovative solutions for lasting changes that are based on the views and best interests of children themselves.

The campaign in brief:

  • Consultation of about 1.800 working boys and girls in 36 countries worldwide;
  • Application of a participatory approach, 17 Children Advisory Committees will support the implementation of the campaign, the analysis of the results, as well as the presentation of the key findings;
  • Key findings will be published in the run-up to and at the IV Global Conference on Child Labour in Argentina 2017.

Support this campaign!

  • Invite a children’s delegation who have been involved in the consultations to the preparatory event in your region leading to the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour;
  • Inform the Organizing Committee for the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour about our campaign;
  • Share your ideas on how to strengthen the voice of working children in the preparation process of the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour with us!