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close this bookAction Against Child Labour (ILO; 2000; 356 pages)
View the documentPreface
Open this folder and view contents1. National policies and programmes
Open this folder and view contents2. Towards improved legislation
Open this folder and view contents3. Improving the knowledge base on child labour
Open this folder and view contents4. Alternatives to child labour
Open this folder and view contents5. Strategies to address child slavery
Open this folder and view contents6. Strategies for employers and their organizations
Open this folder and view contents7. Trade unions against child labour
close this folder8. Awareness-raising
Open this folder and view contentsINTRODUCTION
close this folder8.1 THE MESSAGE
View the document"Action against child labour can be taken now"
View the document"Prioritize the most harmful, often invisible, forms of child labour"
View the document"Positive action and international cooperation are needed"
View the document"Tradition cannot justify the exploitation of children"
View the document"Prevention is better than cure"
View the document8.2 THE AUDIENCE
View the document8.3 MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
View the documentAppendix 8.1 Informing the public
View the documentAppendix 8.2 Popular theatre as an effective communications tool
Open this folder and view contents9. Action by community groups and NGOs
Open this folder and view contents10. Resources on child labour
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"Tradition cannot justify the exploitation of children"

It is becoming almost universally accepted that if children are to develop normally and healthily, they must not be involved in premature work and labour. Understanding the various cultural factors that lead children into work is essential. But deference to tradition is often cited as a reason for not acting against child labour. The harder and more hazardous the jobs become, the more likely they are to be considered traditionally the province of the poor and disadvantaged, the lower classes and ethnic minorities.

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