What NGOs can do to Directly Intervene
- Identify cases and areas where child domestic labor is prominent.
- Work with local law enforcement units to investigate cases of child domestic labor.
- Work out the procedures with a local Juvenile Welfare Board to file cases against employers of child domestic workers, including setting up a child helpline.
- Develop easily accessible systems for people to report on cases of child domestic labor.
- Pursue cases in court to build pressure against child domestic labor.
What NGOs Can Do to Impact Legislation
- Set up a Working Group on child domestic labor, inviting the appropriate Ministers, leaders of trade unions, home workers’ associations, NGOs and young activists.
- Arrange for former child laborers and their families involved in the consultation process.
- Make sure that women’s groups and government authorities responsible for women are included in consultations to give special attention to girl children.
- Have a delegation meet the appropriate persons to discuss about enabling legislation to incorporate child domestic labor.
- Talk to key politicians to push for the ratification on the ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor.
- Identify key Members of Parliament, keeping them informed about the progress, or lack thereof, of the implementation of the ILO Convention 182.
- Help your government draft extra-territorial laws against diplomats and their nationals overseas employing children in their homes.
- Suggest ways that measures for rehabilitation and education can be most appropriate for children freed from domestic servitude.
- Suggest effective measures for preventing children from entering domestic work.
- Develop specific, effective recommendations about what should be done to protect girls from the worst forms of child labor.
- Keep track of the specific promises made by governments and government officials and make sure that they are not forgotten.
- Push for stiff penalties against offenders responsible for child domestic servitude.
- Be an effective watchdog on the government’s action – or lack of action – against domestic child labor.
- Help design and implement training programs for local political leaders and Parliamentarians, judges and other members of the judiciary, inspectors, law enforcement officials, other concerned government officials, and teachers.
What NGOs Can Do to Learn More about Domestic Child Labour
- Write a public report on domestic child labour in your community and in your country.
- Undertake a door-to-door survey to measure the extent of domestic child labor.
- Set up a helpline where people can call in regarding cases of child domestic labor.
- Lobby to have the government commit to including questions on domestic child labor in the national household surveys and census.
- Fully document successful cases on rescue and rehabilitation of children from domestic labor.
- Research the relation between education and reduction of domestic child labor.
- Encourage documentation of child domestic labor cases in various media.
- Organize social workers to sensitize parents about the potential danger of sending their children to cities to work as domestic servants.
What NGOs Can Do to Create Social Awareness
- Produce posters, flyers and banners about domestic child labor and distribute them throughout the community.
- Get school children to be active participants in the campaign.
- Get celebrities to be active supporters of the campaign.
- Get key politicians and justices to be official supporters of the campaign.
- Let children be the spokespersons of the campaign.
- Have the campaign activities included in school curricula.
- Write to popular celebrities and sports stars to ask for their support and involvement in the campaign.
- Develop a series of free public service announcements against domestic child labor.
- Ask leading national and local newspapers for a regular column about child labor and child exploitation.
- Create a section on domestic child labor on your organization’s website.
- Create an interactive section in your organization’s website enabling people to take action and be involved in the campaign.
- Coordinate with the National and Regional Coordinators for activities, rehabilitation programs, and consultations.
- Air documentation of child domestic labor cases on TV, radio and the internet.
Source: Global March against Child Labour