No … No luck yet …
Same old …
What exactly do you mean,George?
Same old what?
Oh, I see. Same old story. Women in North America need not apply huh?
Well … I get it …
The same old story … The one about our streets being paved with gold … This being the land of opportunity … All that sort of foolishness …
Only in the movies, George.
The movies are mostly illusions to keep us too terrified to complain or insanely laughing under difficult situations …
Only in America … Did you not know, George? Canada is considered part of America too. Remember all that swamp land that used to be in Florida? Guess who they sold it to?
Now … As Americans … we are the ones who are expected to not complain when the …n
Oh forget it, George.
About this empowerment thing … How is a woman … Or man … supposed to feel empowered when they are excluded every time the treat bags are handed out?
Answer that one for me, will you, George?
By the way … Who decides which countries get the treat bags?
Imaginary line? What imaginary line?
You know the old saying, George … Borders will be borders … Errrrrrrr …. Hmmm would that be boarders will be boarders … Boys … boys?
What’s that you said, George?
“mysterious, inconsistently applied methodology, a raft of unverified assumptions and multiple, critical errors of fact and logic. Even the basic unit of meas … ” oh … I see … Something you read …
In reference to Statistics Canada?
Oh, I see http://www.ism.ws/files/Pubs/Proceedings/FHSkonier.pdf
Oh yes … St Patrick’s Day …
Well in the tradition of a long line of venerable Irish Fore-mothers …
Women who taught their childten and grand-children … Who believed in justice and fairness and …
What soapbox, George … Ok then forget about St Patrick’s day … No I don’t like green beer …
I was going to tell you that the Irish great-grand-nannies would be so proud to know that the Irishmen and Irishwomen of the world would stand up today and speak out about … Well there is plenty to speak out about …
Lack of Jobs, George … Good jobs
JOBS JOBS JOBS … Not just in America, George … All across the world … People need jobs …
Well OK … Some of us think that providing people with basic income is an answer to poverty … Some say no … Get off yer arse … Find a job …
No jobs at home … Well then travel they say
Islamabad, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Mithi, Kohlu, Balakot, Karachi, Lahore,
International Development … Blood Bricks!
What do you know about Blood Bricks, George?
A poem … You think it sounds like a poem …
What about looking into how money Is tied to bricks and Brick-making and indentured labour in places like Nepal.
But there are laws against child labour!
What about child labour legislation?
According to Afke de Groot in a report for the Institute for Research on Working Children (IREWOC) July 2010
(IREWOC, the Amsterdam-based Foundation for International Research on Working Children)
“One of the current problems with child labour legislation is that there is a lack of awareness about existing laws and rights. Especially in the villages, there is no awareness about Child Rights or any government legislation on child labour. People are aware that child labour is undesirable, but they are unaware that it is illegal. There is an urgent need for child rights awareness among communities in the village [See also: Pathak 1998; Acharya et al. 2000], because the village is from where most working children are pushed and pulled towards a work setting. The explanations for children working are found here, and not at the workplace. It is thus important that, in addition to supporting families by increasing economic opportunities, people have access to honest information about the realities of working children, so people in remote rural areas will be able to make better choices. NGOs and CBOs (community based organisations) can play an important role in developing this public awareness. An information campaign on the harsh realities in the city might help to convince children and parents not to give in to high expectations and hopes about life and work in the city.”
Trade unions should be active on a practical and policy level. We can pressure the government and advise them in how to change policies. But the problem remains that the government only makes policies. Ministries then do not allocate the resources needed to implement these policies. The policies of the government, for example the Child Labour Act, are in fact very nice. But they don’t reflect reality, because of the lack of resources implementing institutes have. People in the government office dealing with child labour cannot do anything, because of the lack of resources!
There is a general feeling that the government should take on more responsibility, and take over many undertakings currently run by NGOs and other agents. According to an official at ILO Nepal, the right approach to child labour would be to rescue children from working in the worst forms, and to put them into government-run rehabilitation centres. “Nowadays you see a mushrooming of rehabilitation centres run by NGOs, but not all are benevolent”, he argued.