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To bring civil society organisations, the public sector, private sector and citizens of the world together to stage the boldest and most influential global campaign of our time to end child slavery.


End Child Slavery Week (ECSW) will provide a unique and powerful platform for stakeholders internationally to pool their talent base, financial resources and influential networks to put the suffering of children in slavery in the brightest of spotlights on the world stage. Through public pressure, immediate action by the UN, governments and business leaders will be demanded to make the atrocity of child slavery a priority in national legislation, policies and programmes to achieve real and lasting outcomes for all children trapped in the living hell of slavery, turning in their life a new leaf by realising all their rights, particularly freedom from exploitation and inclusion in education.


According to 2012 ILO estimates, there are a minimum of 5.5 million children in forced labour around the world, and 85 million children currently engaged in hazardous work in need of immediate and urgent help. Forced labour is a subset of slavery therefore the statistics of child slavery would be far higher. The figure of 5.5 million children in forced labour has not changed since the 2005 estimates. This means that the world is failing millions of children across the globe suffering horrific abuse, while those with the power to change things standby idly. 

The first step to ending this travesty against justice is to make the end of child slavery a global priority. A worldwide movement against child slavery via a highly coordinated campaign for a focused period of time every year is now urgently needed to secure the immediate rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of all children imprisoned by slavery.


The broad ECSW partnership base will include: civil society organisations - child rights organisations, human rights groups, anti-trafficking agencies, UN agencies, inter-governmental bodies, development agencies, local and national NGOs, trade unions, consumer groups, education rights groups, teachers unions, universities, women’s groups, youth groups, faith based groups, agricultural co-operatives and associated organisations, financial institutions, corporations and small enterprises; as well as global leaders, eminent persons, celebrities, the general public/consumers, media and international newswire services.


End Child Slavery Week 2014 will run from Thursday 20 November - Wednesday 26 November to coincide with both the Trust Women’s Conference in London on 19 November (staged by Thomson Reuters Foundation who have generously offered this star studded event as the launching pad for the inaugural ECSW), Universal Children’s Day on 20 November and the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, also on 20 November.


One specific matter in need of reform as agreed by ECSW partners will form the basis of an overarching demand each year, with pressure maintained on that matter until it is addressed.        “The Big Picture” or longer term objectives will also be communicated through various channels, with the ECSW website serving as a forum for participating countries to draw attention to high priority national issues and associated objectives relating to slavery and education, backed by strong research and evidence.

ECSW 2014 Strategy

joint letter on behalf of ECSW co-signatories, and a joint letter on behalf of influential global leaders would be sent to heads of state in all countries, urging them to demand that the abolition of child slavery be included as a priority and matter of utmost urgency in the post-2015 Development Agenda,

  • emotive promotional video and groundbreaking social media campaign incorporating an online petition/virtual march to rally 5.5 million signatures/march 5.5 million km (representing the minimum 5.5 million children in slavery),
  • high profile physical marches organised by ECSW partner organisations on Saturday November 22nd and by ECSW supporters within their own communities,
  • events, activities, meetings and media coverage in participating countries during the week of action, with a focus on local demands relating to slavery and education,
  • delivery of petition signatures and joint letter to the UN Secretary General by ECSW co-signatories in a prearranged meeting,
  • delivery of petition signatures, country specific joint letter and memoranda of country specific demands delivered to heads of state by senior representatives from ECSW partner organisations, preferably in a prearranged meeting,
  • ECSW will be followed by a series of specific and time bound action points, with campaign performance judged against mutually agreed upon indicators and periodic reporting of progress disseminated to all stakeholders.