January 17, 2011
The first Global March Against Child Labor was held in the Philippines on January 17, 1988. Since then it has grown into a worldwide movement against the exploitation of children and their deprivation from education. It has tirelessly worked to generate and sustain national attention and action on child labor, particularly in the areas of policy and legislative advocacy and social mobilization.
Global March Against Child Labour is a movement born out of hope and the need felt by thousands of people across the globe – the desire to set children free from servitude.
The main goals of this movement was to:
- “Protect and promote the rights of all children, especially the rights to receive free, meaningful education”
- “To be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be damaging to a child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development”. The march was very successful and it achieved its purpose by allowing changes to occur with the policies of child labor with the International Labor Organization (ILO).