Assessment of Child Labour in the Apparel Industry in Mexico
For the first time in the Mexican State of Guanajuato, an assessment on child labour in the shoe and apparel industry has been conducted to put child labour on the state agenda. We are proud to announce this initiative is part of a new partnership with the 'Network for Child Rights' in Mexico (REDIM), and in cooperation with the organisations 'Integral Education for Social Transformation' (EDITRAS) and 'Health, Art and Education'.
The initiative, now in its initial phase, is set to last two years and shines a light on the experiences of children and adolescents working in the footwear and appeal industry in the State of Guanajuato. The project implemented in the town of León, Moroleón-Uriangato, is the most important region for the apparel and shoe industry in Mexico. For the assessment, quantitative research was used with interviews – summaries of testimonies from different actors: children and adolescents, civil-society organisations, public officials and business owners.
Now that the detailed assessment has been conducted, REDIM provided a workshop with civil society organizations on July 3rd in Leon, Guanajuato, to increase dialogue with authorities on children’s and adolescents’ rights as well as on gender; which may enable the research results to be taken into account by the authorities.
Six workshops will subsequently be offered for civil-society organisations on using data for political impact and legislation relating to child labour and strengthen the theme on the public agenda through meetings with the 'Integrated Childhood and Adolescence Protection Systems' (SIPINNAs) at state and municipal level, and with other local authorities.
REDIM was founded in 2005 and consists of 65 non-governmental organisations working in 19 states. Its mission is to enable a social and cultural movement so that children and adolescents understand, exercise and benefit from their rights, while at the same time fostering the civil-societies' coordination and participation in these activities. They were previously involved in creating the ‘General Rights for Children and Adolescents Act’, as well as work with local and national organisations to achieve greater visibility for the issues that afflict children in Mexico.
Encouraging awareness of child labour in the State of Guanajuato, REDIM, with the support of C&A Foundation, aims to support the transformation of the fashion industry, benefiting the people involved, including children and adolescents.
For more information on REDIM, visit its website.