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Call to action against child labor
New Hope Zimbabwe
December 01, 2008

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New Hope Foundation's aim is the progressive reduction of numbers of children and women suffering because the HIV & AIDS pandemic through the elimination of child labour country-wide, with the eradication of the worst forms (Child Trafficking) an urgent priority it works to mobilise public opinion against the broader injustices contributing to child labour, through its efforts to end child labour, it condems any system that require children to work, both at the regional and national levels, through exerting pressure to achieve political changes and jointly developing policies and actions to achieve a unified response to child labour, illiteracy and poverty.

Since it began operations in 2000, New Hope Foundation has worked to achieve results in several ways: through mobilising of public opinion against the broader injustices contributing to child labour, urging the Zimbabwe Government to ratify and enforce existing laws and put pressure to use national and international resources to support education for all children.

New Hope Foundation has country-wide programmes which promote policy reform, and putting in place concrete measures to end child labour so as to reduce new cases of HIV & AIDS in children; through awareness raising campaigns intended to change social attitudes and promote ratification and effective implementation of ILO child labour Conventions. These efforts have resulted in hundreds of children being withdrawn from work and rehabilitated or prevented from entering the workforce.

Global march against child labor Zimbabwe initiative 2007

In its effort to end child labour and Trafficking in Zimbabwe, Last year 2007, New Hope Foundation, with support from The Global March Against Child Labour Organisation based in India, successfully Organised and hosted a physical march from Harare to Plumtree on child labour and HIV & AIDS, beginning on the 1st of December 2007 to 31 December 2007 covering the provinces of Harare, Mashonaland West, Midlands, Matabeleland South and Bulawayo. A total of 541 km, with One hundred (150) people involved in the march, covering the entire 541 kms. Participants were New Hope Foundation staff, Global March Organization representative(s), child parliamentarians, children from the communities where child labour is rife, representatives from various child focus humanitarian organizations and some government departments.

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