Movements of working children and youth
Children's movements in Latin America
MOLACNATS, the Latin American and Caribbean movement of working children and youth
MANTHOC LIMA, a movement of working children and youth from Lima, Peru
UNATSBO, the movement of working children and youth in Bolivia
Facebook I: https://www.facebook.com/bolivia.unatsbo
Facebook II: https://www.facebook.com/colaboracion.unatsbo
Facebook III: https://www.facebook.com/people/Unatsbo-Bolivia/100004796954744
CONNATSOP, a movement of working children and youth from Potosí, Bolivia
TAYPINATS, a movement of working children and youth from La Paz, Bolivia
ONATSCO, a movement of working children and youth from Cochabamba, Bolivia
MONATSCRUZ, a movement of working children and youth from Santa Cruz, Bolivia
CORENATS, the movement of working children and youth in Venezuela
Asamblea Revelde, a movement of working children from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Children's movements in Africa
Children's movements in Asia
Currently, the Asian movements of working children and youth can only be reached via the websites of their support organisations. These include:
BHIMA SANGHA: https://www.concernedforworkingchildren.org/empowering-children/childrens-unions
Partner organisations of ProNATs from Europe
An association of European organisations working for the rights of working children and youth worldwide. EuropaNATS brings together ItaliaNATS (Italy), Equomercato (Italy), Little Hands (Italy), BélgicaNATs (Belgium), PRONATs (Spain), La Voix des Enfants (France), Peruanim (France) and ProNATs (Germany).
Website: https://europanatsforo.wixsite.com/politicasinfancia (currently not updated)
A solidarity committee which, since the end of the 1990s, has been dedicated to accompanying, understanding and researching the processes of protagonist participation emanating from the movements of working children and youth.
A Belgian association from Brussels, founded in 2009, brings together volunteers around the issue of child labour. It was created to support the movements of working children and youth and is part of EuropaNATs.
An association of Italian solidarity groups, non-governmental organisations and individuals who, like ProNATs, support the movements of working children in Africa, Asia and Latin America, particularly through public relations work. ItaliaNats was instrumental in supporting the organisation of the III. World Meeting of Movements of Working Children and Youth in Siena (Italy) in 2006.
ItaliaNats is currently inactive.
An Italian fair trade import organisation that also included products from self-organised cooperatives of working children and youth in Latin America, Asia and Africa in its range and sells them mainly through world shops in Italy. Equomercato was a member of ItaliaNats.
A project originally launched by EquoMercato and ItaliaNats, but now independent, to support the solidarity economies of the Movements of Working Children and Youth (MBAL). On the one hand, it specialises in the distribution of products made by children and youths under decent working conditions. On the other hand, it carries out information and public relations work in Italy for the children's movements, which it considers to be an active part of the worldwide network of solidarity economies.
A French organisation supporting politically active children and youth, including the movements of working children in the Global South.
Website: http://www.enfants-actifs.org (currently inactive)
Christian Initiative Romero - CIR
An independent, non-profit association that promotes development cooperation, especially with Central American countries, and is committed to campaigning and educating for a fair economic system in which people can work under dignified conditions and companies act in a socially and ecologically responsible manner. The association's name, Oscar Romero, was given to a liberation theologian from El Salvador whose murder in 1980 triggered a civil war that lasted for years.
German NGO Forum on Child Labour
A network of non-governmental organisations which advocates a differentiated assessment of child labour and the comprehensive participation of working children in international organisations Its members include terre des hommes, Kindernothilfe, Brot für die Welt, DGB-Bildungswerk e.V./Nord-Süd-Netzwerk, Werkstatt Ökonomie e.V. and ProNATs e.V.
The Forum Child Labour ceased its work in January 2010.
WÖK - Workshop Economy
A non-profit organisation that has been committed to economic, social and ecological justice worldwide for over 30 years. It makes unjust structures visible, opens up - together with others - spaces for political commitment, works to eliminate grievances and offers options for action. The aim is a systemic transformation of lifestyles and economic systems in Germany as a contribution to a culture of sustainability in global responsibility.
Clean Clothes Campaign
A network that campaigns for workers' rights in the supply chains of the international fashion industry. Its aim is to promote an improvement in working and living conditions for workers in the textile, sports, shoe & leather industries worldwide.
Website (German): https://saubere-kleidung.de
Website (English): https://cleanclothes.org
Every year, young cultural groups from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America come to Germany for the KinderKulturKarawane. The groups present their artistic productions from the fields of dance, theatre, music and circus in schools, youth and cultural centres and at festivals. They also give workshops in which they teach artistic methods. In their performances, the young artists present their talents and address personal experiences and problems that influence their everyday lives.
International Forum in Solidarity with Working Children
A worldwide support network of organisations and individuals working in solidarity with children and youth movements. The aim of the international forum is to accompany and structurally support the world movement of working children and youth, which is in constant development.
The International Forum is currently inactive.
Partner organisations of ProNATs from Africa
Enda Tiers Monde - Jeunesse Action
An international non-governmental organisation based in Dakar (Senegal). active in community development, environmental protection and development cooperation. It was instrumental in establishing the umbrella organisation of the movements of working children and youth in Africa, MAEJT/AMWCY. Enda continues to support the spread of the movement in 22 African countries to date, as well as the networking of these. Enda publishes a regular newsletter, now with over 200 issues.
Partner organisations of ProNATs from Asia
CWC (Concerned for Working Children)
A support organisation set up in Bangalore (India) for the movements and initiatives of working children and youth in India and other Asian countries. CWC runs "Nammabhoomi", an education and training centre for working children, "Dhruva - enabling adults and empowering children", a counselling and training project for adults who want to promote the participation of children, and "Namma Angadi", a shop in the city of Bangalore selling products made by the children. CWC was nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
Similar to CWC, Butterflies supports the movements of working children and youth, mainly in Northern India, around Delhi, where Butterflies organises meeting points for children living and working on the streets. Butterflies also maintains several emergency shelters and street schools as well as a "Resilience Centre". Butterflies was instrumental in developing the "Children's Development Bank", a bank run by children which has spread worldwide.
Partner organisations of ProNATs from Latin America
An institute for the training of supporters of the movements of working children and youth in Latin America, based in Lima (Peru). Ifejant has been the editor of the journal "Nats Revista" since 1995 and offers the course "Infancia y familia" at the state university "Nacional Federico Villarreal" as a classroom and distance learning course.
A (training) institute from Lima (Peru), which is directly dedicated to supporting the Peruvian movement of working children and youth, MNNATSOP, and doing public relations work. The non-profit organisation is committed to building a society in which children are recognised and considered as agents of change.
A project from Asunción (Paraguay) with several institutions in different places, which is mainly concerned with the educational opportunities of working and non-working children and youth and supports them in standing up for their rights.
Generación promotes and protects the rights of children and youth who have experience with life on the street. It has been working in this field on a private level for more than 30 years, maintains several institutions in the greater Lima area and also provides direct support on the street (street workers).
Melel Xojobal A.C.
A social organization that works with indigenous children and youth in Chiapas, Mexico, in the promotion, defense and exercise of their rights, through participatory processes and to improve their quality of life.
Encuentro Niñez y Territorio
A political organisation with focus on working children. Day centres, therapeutic communities, clubs and public libraries coexist in common spaces. They organise themselves with the children and accompany them during difficult phases of childhood. The organisation is active in several provinces of Argentina, most of them in the greater Buenos Aires area..
La Miguelito Pepe
An organisation of educators from Bienos Aires (Argentina) who fight with militant commitment for the dignity and the social and political protagonism of children and youth of the working class.
Children's rights organisations
Organisations, institutions and initiatives which generally pursue a child rights approach:
CREAN - Children’s Rights European Academic Network
A network of more than 30 European higher education institutions working together to support education, research and public relations work on children's rights. Since its foundation in 2003, it has strengthened the academic field of children's rights as an interdisciplinary field of study. CREAN believes that academic research and university teaching play an essential role in promoting social awareness and understanding of the human rights of children. By promoting the introduction and support of university teaching courses and programmes (elective courses, summer courses, bachelor, master, advanced master and PhD programmes), CREAN trains experts and academics in the field of children's rights.
MACR - Master in Childhood Studies and Children's Rights
Since October 2007, the MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights at the FH Potsdam (formerly at Free University of Berlin) has also been offering an interdisciplinary Master's programme on children's rights.
child rights connect
A registered Swiss association consisting of a General Assembly, Executive Committee, International Secretariat and several working groups. The focus of this association, which is mainly active in law and order, is on lobbying within EU institutions for the implementation of children's rights.
CRIN - Child Rights Information Network
An information service and think tank that develops new and dynamic perspectives on human rights issues with a focus on children's rights. It questions the status quo of the place of children in society. It pushes for rights - not charity - and advocates for real change in the way governments and societies see and treat children. Through research, artwork and her vision for the future, she encourages people to think critically about the world.
ACPF - African Child Policy Forum
An independent, non-profit, pan-African institute for policy research and dialogue on African children. The ACPF aims specifically to contribute to improving knowledge about children in Africa, to monitor and report on progress, to identify policy options, to provide a platform for dialogue, to work with governments, intergovernmental organisations and civil society to develop and implement effective child-friendly policies and programmes, and also to promote a common voice for children in and outside Africa.
NYRA - National Youth Rights Association
A youth-led civil rights organisation in the USA which campaigns for the rights of young people and has around 10,000 members. The NYRA works to relax or remove various legal restrictions imposed on young people but not adults, such as the drinking age, voting age, and the imposition of curfew laws on youth.
A former group of young people working for equality between children and adults. Between 1992 and 2007, the initiative from Prenzlauer Berg attempted to bring about social change through public relations work on the topics of voting rights, school, family, age discrimination, child labour and youth protection.
Archived website: http://kraetzae.de
terre des hommes Germany
An independent association founded in 1967 by committed citizens, originally to help seriously injured children from the Vietnam War. It now supports 386 projects for exploited and disadvantaged children worldwide and in Germany. In Germany, volunteers work with terre des hommes in 120 places to help children in need.