End Child Labor in Major Tourist Destination

Target: Shri. R. K. Tiwari, Principal Secretary, Labour Department, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, India

Goal: End child labor in major tourist destination and protect the rights of children.

Right outside the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, India, children as young as 8 years old are toiling in factories, stitching together shoes for major brands. They work in horrific conditions, away from light or fresh air. They work for hours on end and are only paid for each piece they stitch.

An estimated 200 million pairs of shoes are stitched by these children every year. There are no schools in the area, meaning children have no choice but to work. For many, this seems to be their only future.

Children deserve the chance to be children. They deserve an education. They deserve physical, mental, and emotional care and support. While tourists take photos of a major attraction only several miles away, these children suffer. Sign the petition and demand that the government of Agra work to eliminate child labor.


Dear Shri. Tiwari,

Thousands of children in Agra work hours on end, in extreme conditions, to stitch together shoes for mere cents. They risk their health and sacrifice their childhoods. Agra is one of the world’s major tourist destinations, yet a large portion of its economy is built on the backs of children.

Children deserve to have an education. They deserve to play and have fun and live healthy lives. I demand that you eliminate child labor in Agra’s shoe industry. Give children the chance to be children.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    children should be in school not do labor.

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Please name and shame the brands!
    ‘Although both parents share in the overall responsibility of educating the children, the mother is given recognition as the first educator of humanity, and she must be carefully prepared for this task. Her education is more necessary and important than that of man, for woman is the trainer of the child from its infancy. If she be defective and imperfect herself the child will necessarily be deficient; therefore imperfection of woman implies a condition of imperfection in all mankind, for it is the mother who rears, nurtures and guides the growth of the child. For this reason, the education of each child is compulsory. If there is not money enough in a family to educate both the girl and the boy the money must be dedicated to the girl’s education, for she is the potential mother.’ Baha’i Faith Writings

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