UMBRELLAS FOR EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE!

Demand social protection to end child labour: create an umbrella!

Social protection is like an umbrella in the rain or heat: an umbrella offers shelter against the worst effects of the weather, and social protection shelters you from the worst of circumstances.

EVERY child has the right to be covered by social protection policies and programmes from birth.

We have an opportunity for world leaders to agree to social protection everywhere in the wake of the pandemic – especially to protect children and young people. We’re asking YOU to help make this demand impossible for governments to ignore by creating umbrellas in as many places as you can, all over the world.

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 What is social protection? 

Social protection is a combination of policies and programmes that aim to reduce and prevent poverty and exclusion. This can come in the form of cash transfers (like child benefits and grants), in-kind benefits (like school feeding programmes), and access to public services (like healthcare insurance) – it might also be called social security, family credit, social benefits, or welfare, depending on your country. Being covered by social protection means that no matter what circumstances you are born into, or if something happens to increase your or your family’s vulnerability, you have a foundation of government support which enables you to survive

Social protection should be available to everyone who needs it, but particularly the most vulnerable, marginalised or socially excluded communities. When families do not have any support for their basic needs like food and healthcare, and when incomes are too low to provide for everyone, children can be forced into child labour. Social protection is a vital lifeline for families to stop this injustice.

How can I take action?

We have produced a new action pack for anyone anywhere in the world to demand social protection to end child labour. You can:

  • Chalk a picture of an umbrella and write your demands for social protection in the picture

  • Take a picture of yourself holding an umbrella and your message demanding social protection

  • Share your pictures on social media!

Download the action pack now for more information on how to get involved!

Sharing your demands with world leaders!

The Fair Share to End Child Labour campaign will share your images with world leaders at two important events on 22nd and 28th September 2021, during the annual UN General Assembly. These events are focused on demanding social protection to end child labour and child poverty all over the world.

The best way for us to find and share your images is to share them on social media - and make sure we have them in time to show world leaders!

 

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