The movements of working children in Bolivia have recently made international news for their productive meeting with President Evo Morales, after which he made an official statement that “child labor should not be banned.” Responding to a legislative proposal to ban all children under the age of fourteen from any kind of work, Morales… Continue Reading Bolivia and the successes of NATs
Starting tomorrow, the International Labor Organization will be hosting a Global Conference on Child Labor in Brasilia. In response to this conference, the Latin American and Caribbean movement of working children has made the statement that I post below. As a scholar of social movements, the thing I find most striking about this statement is… Continue Reading MOLACNATs Statement
I recently attended a meeting between Rosa Maria Ortiz, the Rapporteur on the Rights of the Child for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and representatives of children’s organizations from around Lima. The meeting highlighted for me the breadth and depth of children’s rights activity in Peru, but also some of the limitations of the… Continue Reading The Participatory Landscape
Protagonismo is a concept that is often very difficult to translate into English, and it is a concept that has been developing over time in Latin America since its emergence in the popular movements in the 1960s and 1970s. Both the movements themselves and many social scientists and analysts began speaking about “protagonismo popular” to… Continue Reading Children’s Protagonismo
On July 18th, the kids involved in the project Trabajo de Crecer put on a festival in Villa El Salvador to educate the public (both adults and children) about children’s rights. There was a lot of singing, dancing, speeches, and many games where players were asked questions about children’s rights. Most of the emphasis was… Continue Reading Children’s Rights Festival
One of the key concepts in the movement of working children here in Peru is the idea of “trabajo digno.” The movement argues that kids should be able to work, but, like everyone else, deserve to work in jobs that are fair, safe, and non-exploitative. As this sign indicates, they argue that kids… Continue Reading Trabajo Digno
I’m back in Lima, with last summer’s data coded, lots of ideas rattling around in my head, and a new blog for writing about some of those thoughts as they start to come together. Keep checking back for updates!