What did we evaluate?
Reduction of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Textile Supply Chains (ROWCL) was implemented from October 2011 to June 2015 in four districts of Tamil Nadu, India.
In this region, Sumangali schemes operated by textile mills perpetuate a contemporary form of slavery and child labour, underpaying female workers and restricting individual worker freedom to move, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation without protection.
The objective of ROWCL was to protect girls and young women from the practice of bonded labour under Sumangali schemes in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The initiative was implemented by Terre des hommes (Tdh) Germany, and Community Awareness Research Education Trust (Care-T), with funding from C&A Foundation.
“Focusing on relevant priorities for survivors, including income-generating activities, is critical for successful rehabilitation.”Tamil Nadu, India
ROWCL created a comprehensive, common understanding of child labour and raised wider concerns on the most pressing issues around hidden child workers in Tamil Nadu's textile mills. However, provisions to address the root causes of Sumangali, namely the poverty and vulnerability of marginalised, migrant families, need to be tackled as well.
What did we learn?
Evaluation conclusion: Education and skills development were effective instruments in the struggle against forced labour. The initiative worked towards sustainability of outcomes at the beneficiary and community level by changing the mind-set and behaviour of beneficiaries and by empowering and building the capacity of stakeholders.
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