In home-based craft production is aimed seeks to ensure the rights and development of children.
“The main aim of the project is to develop a model can be used by governments, industry, non-governmental organisations and child welfare agencies to provide sustainable solutions to child labour working in the home-based crafts sector in northern India.”
Hence the project will be taking the views and concerns of the children and families involved into account.
The project, supported by the European Union is a joint initiative of Traidcraft Exchange, UK, Centre for Education and Communication (CEC), Fair Trade Forum – India (FTFI), and Shop for Change.
Research to understand complex issues surrounding child labour in the Indian craft sector will be done towards “developing a model addressing the root causes of child labour in the home, such as low adult wage”, as part of the project. Testing and refining the model will also be done before producing a guidance document to be used by different stakeholders.
Advocacy with government to induce policies which effectively addresses child labour, starting schools in the child labour prone areas is also envisaged. Advocacy initiatives are also planned to raise awareness among brands, retailers, exporters and contractors in the private sector on the impact their practices on home-based workers in general and child workers in particular, both in India and Europe. It is aimed to explore the ways through which they can make improvements in their supply chains to eliminate child labour
“The end of the project it is aimed at creating and testing of a community-owned, sustainable model for the reduction of child labour in the Indian home-based craft sector. A network of key stakeholders (fair trade organisations, producer groups, civil society, communities/families, child workers themselves, retailers, exporters and the government) will also be empowered to work collectively on child labour issues. Dissemination of learning and guidance will enable the adoption of this model in other sectors and geographical areas.”