COVID-19 risks driving more children into child labour

The COVID-19 not only killings millions of lives in the world, but also pushing millions more children into child labour!

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF, millions more children risk being pushed into child labour as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, which could lead to the first rise in child labour after 20 years of progress.

Due to the pandemic, most of the schools are closed, which means more children are being forced into laboring. Since the pandemic wreaks havoc on family incomes, without support and access, many children could resort to child labour. Many parents might have taken advantage of the “extra holiday” to send their children to town or farm for work. In addition, gender inequalities may become more acute, with girls particularly vulnerable to exploitation in agriculture and domestic work. Even when the schools restart, some families may no longer be able to afford to send their children to school, since most of the workers are already lost their job. With some studies show that COVID-19 could result in a rise in poverty, and therefore to increase the child labour as households, use every available means to survive. In times of crisis, child labour becomes a coping mechanism for many families.

As travel is restricted, there is less oversight from traditional monitoring bodies, which means some farmers can get away with the breaking rules more readily than usual. More children are pushing into the workforce.

As we re-imagine the world post-COVID, it might have some positive impact on climate change. On the other hand, however, we need to make sure that the children and their families have the tools they need to weather similar storms in the future.

Solution: A transparent and traceable supply chain

Do you have the feeling that you get to trust what you have seen, witnessed? Transparent production process makes me feel I have more trust in the product and brand. Especially when showing me who made the products for me, I feel like I have some connection with the producers and get to know more about the product I bought.

As my previous blog has mentioned that, we, the millennial demanding the transparency of the fashion brands and their clothes (more than that actually, hopefully it can apply to every single product in every industry). We are craving for more than #whomademyclothes, but #whomademyproducts.

With the change of the world, we are learning to be a conscious consumer, pursuing our sustainability dreams! Whilst on this journey, I have realized that how much power we have – by what we choose to spend our money on!

Buying a “REAL sustainable product” helps to create stronger supply chains, as this is the way companies or brands know what our customers need. Therefore, the responsibility trickles down to us, consumer. More than ever now, we need to choose “REAL sustainable products/ brands” when shopping. Yes, I know some fair-trade products or sustainable products are more expensive, and it seems doesn’t have the immediate benefits of buying those products, say, for the whole society, environment or even the producers, but trust me, it does have a profound long-term impact.

Every little effort adds up!

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