Target: Mujibul Haque, Bangladesh’s Minister of State and Minister responsible for the Ministry of Labour and Employment
Goal: End the exploitation of child labor in Bangladesh’s poorest neighborhoods.
Children as young as six have been found to work between 100 and 110 hours a week in the poorest neighborhoods of Bangladesh. They make as little as two dollars a day working in textile factories and construction sites. They are being exploited and robbed of their childhoods.
While the nation has laws protecting children from such labor, the laws are weak. They allow children as young as 14 to work up to 42 hours a week and only prohibit them from ports, railways, and factories. However, children are allowed to work in other places, many of which are not regulated.
Because children spend most of their week working, there is never time for school. Many cannot read, which traps them in an inescapable cycle. They can never learn to lift themselves out of their positions and find it nearly impossible to secure better employment when they are older. Sign the petition and demand that officials in the country take action to place stricter regulations on child labor.
Dear Minister Haque,
New reports by human rights activists have found that children in Bangladesh are working as many as 110 hours a week. Millions of children, some as young as six, are working in poor and harmful conditions in textile factories and construction sites. They make only a few dollars a day and have no time to go to school.
The children of Bangladesh are trapped in a dangerous cycle. It is impossible for them to study, which makes it harder for them to improve their prospects. They can never find better jobs that help lift them out of poverty. Currently, the government does little to protect these children. I ask that you work to improve the lives of children in your nation by enacting tougher regulations on child labor.
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