Be a voice in the fight against child labor

Most of us detest — horrified at, to some extent — businesses that exploit the use of child labor to produce their products. Sadly, odds are, we’re all guilty of supporting these businesses, in one way or another — be it from buying a basketball for our son, a diamond ring for our spouse, or chocolate bars for our own hunger. We may not be aware of it, but some of these products were made using child labor in Indonesia, South Africa or the Philippines.

Although many efforts have been launched to fight and curb child labor, these campaigns made but a pitiful dent on the global scene. Social determinants, including socioeconomic and cultural conditions, are just some of the factors contributing to the proliferation of child labor. To effectively eradicate child labor, we must modify or change some of these social determinants; and to do so will require a transformation of policies, rules, regulations and legislation among various sectors, including, but not limited to business, industry, and education. The change needed to affect these social determinants is not the responsibility alone of policymakers and institutions. A shift in people’s beliefs and how they think about issues, and subsequent individual advocacy efforts can help in the eradication of child labor and usher in a much-needed social change.

I am not an expert on this subject, but one factor I see that hampers total success is apathy. Yes, OUR apathy towards child labor.

“I just don’t think I can continue to live in a place that embraces and nurtures apathy as if it was virtue.” — Morgan Freeman in the movie Se7en. Freeman’s character sees crimes of hate, aggression and murder every day, and he also observes the public’s reaction to them. People turn a blind eye; they no longer care. What has happened to society? Why has what used to be considered incredibly shocking dissolved into what is considered an everyday and usual activity?

Apathy has become the common response of society towards what should be considered shocking because these activities have become unshocking and “everyday”. The same can be said about our reaction to child labor in our country. We see them everyday, everywhere, that it seems ordinary and normal. I dunno. Blame the purveyors of news ‘exclusives’ — surrealists in our midst — for devoting their time intermixing the bizarre and shocking and strange with the everyday goings on. I know,  I know… their original intention was not to normalize shocking activities, but to make strange the new “normal”… and yes, deliver the ‘news’.

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I firmly believe that making any significant change in our society requires strategic advocacy on the part of ALL individuals. OUR participation in the fight against child labor is already made easy and convenient by technology, particularly social media and the Internet, which enable us to integrate the advocacy into our daily routines. One key in achieving a child labor-free society is to continually and continuously present the evils of child labor into public awareness. Making deliberate efforts to synergize social media,the  technology and anti-child labor advocacy will give us a singular voice, increase our personal involvement and efficacy for participating in campaigns against child labor, and impact the social determinants that affect the spread of child labor in our respective communities and throughout the world.

Of course, technology use in the anti-child labor advocacy is not intended to replace traditional strategies, such as face-to-face meetings with decision makers, but rather, augment and complement them.

If you cannot be the leg or the arm or the muscle for the fight against child labor, BE ITS VOICE.

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About Seeing with Brahmin eyes
My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

One Response to Be a voice in the fight against child labor

  1. arjekins says:

    Good take on the issue and the photo :P. . .Good job. Good. Good.

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