Promoting Girls’ Education by Tackling Child Labour

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07 June 2012

Blog: Promoting Girls’ Education by Tackling Child Labour

Girl in classBy Patrick Quinn

From October to May, Jyontna works in the desolate salt pans of western India, where her parents earn their living raking salt crystals from the ground. The cracked, dry seabed stretches endlessly in every direction. Jyontna and her parents arrive when the monsoons end and the waters recede from the vast plain. Her two younger brothers stay behind in their village, a seven-hour walk from the salt pans.

Jyotna dropped out of school at the age of 10 to help her parents. Now 15 years old, she says that her mother could not afford to let all three children study, so she picked her daughter to work with her. As a result, Jyontna can barely read or write. “My brothers, they will study. They can hope for different things,” she says. “What can I be?”
This story will sound familiar to many around the world concerned with girls’ access to education. It also vividly illustrates the interrelated challenges of addressing child labour and promoting the right of all children to education.

The tenth annual World Day Against Child Labour, with the theme ‘Human Rights and social justice: Let’s end child labour’, is on 12 June 2012. An important part of the day’s message is that tackling child labour can also be an important step in ensuring children’s access to education – itself a human right... read more >>
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The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.


• Formative Evaluation of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI)

• Engendering Empowerment : Education & Equality

• Girls' Education, Empowerment and Transitions to Adulthood: The Case for a Shared Agenda

• Empowering Girls and Women through Physical Education and Sport

Had the world achieved gender parity at the primary level in 2008, there would have been an additional 3.6 million girls in primary school.

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