not employ them; Empower them
agriculture (54%), highest number of children is employed in homes
& hospitality sectors (18%) as labour.
Even in Delhi,
as per the Govt. census report 2001, there were 41,899 children working
as domestic help. In 2007, 327 fresh cases were reported from various
parts of Delhi,
the actual figure could be much higher as majority of cases go unreported
due to the indifference and apathy of the privileged class towards the
Smile Foundation children set off
an awareness campaign titled ‘Do not employ them: Empower them’
in New Delhi on
March 29, 2008.
Awareness Campaign: Right to Education of Children
Theme: Do not employ them;
The awareness drive aimed to sensitize
privileged masses particularly about the plight of children who are
employed as domestic maids.
Venue: Jantar Mantar,
Date: Saturday, 29th of March, 2008
PM to 12.30 PM
Do Not Employ Them; Empower Them
Bahadur, Munna – If any Indian is asked, what do these names
remind him of; the answer in majority of cases would be –
A Servant. Do we ever realise that the possessors of these titles
are also humans many of them children who are not there to just
serve us like robots? If we try to answer this one honestly then
probably the answer could range from a big and straight ‘NO’
to ‘Never’ really bothered to think about it’.
Perhaps that is why around 17 million
Indian children work as child labour under most inhuman and deplorable
conditions. The worst part is that after agriculture, highest number
of children is employed in homes and hospitality sectors.
The objective of this awareness
campaign is to sensitize people on the plight of the children belonging
to the domestic maid servants. Most often, these innocent children are
caught in the vicious cycle of poverty and ignorance and the plight
continues to another generation.
what’s the solution?
Empower them with the power of education.
Smile believes that whether you
are addressing healthcare, poverty, population control, unemployment
or human rights, there's no better place to start than in the corridors
Because education is both the means
as well as the end to a better life: means, because it empowers an individual
to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one's awareness
on a range of issues – from healthcare to appropriate social behaviour
to understanding one's rights - and in the process evolve as a better
Let’s join hands and start taking
some positive steps in our immediate neighbourhood; as a little step