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Empower and protect, don’t prohibit: a better approach to child work

Child labour can't be simply banned out of existence, so we need to start taking arguments for the protection of child workers seriously

28 October 2021, 12.00am

Bans on child labour don’t work because they ignore why children work in the first place. If we truly care about working children, we need to start trying to keep them safe in work rather than insisting that they end work entirely. Our panelists, all advocates for child workers, offer us a new way forward.

The Panelists:

Kavita Ratna: Director of Advocacy at The Concerned for Working Children
Claire O'Kane: Independent consultant on child rights
Mavuto Banda: Former child worker and current doctoral student
Mohammed Al-Rozzi: Research Associate at the University of Bath
Cameron Thibos: Editor, Beyond Trafficking and Slavery (Chair)

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