ILO report sheds light on the hidden horrors facing child domestic workers

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Domestic worker in Malawi preparing lunch (ILO Photo)

More than 10 million children worldwide, most of them girls, are being cheated out of childhood.

A report released this week by the International Labour Organization (ILO) finds that instead of playing with their friends or even spending time with their families, these children are toiling in the homes of other people as domestic workers.

Malawi President on women's progress and "zero tolerance" for child labour

Joyce Banda

Malawi's President Joyce Banda has pledged her country's support to step up efforts against child labour, which counts nearly 1.5

Speaking during the 102nd International Labour Conference which opened this week in Geneva, President Banda also addressed why societies must ensure women's involvement in the labour market and their participation in trade unions.

Syrian crisis forces women to opt for “preventive” caesarean sections: UNFPA

Mother and her baby, at UNFPA/JHAS Clinic/Za'atari Camp
Photographer: Ra'ed Addayleh

As the crisis continues in Syria, hundreds of thousands of women there are awaiting one of the most defining moments of their lives: giving birth.

But the ongoing violence and instability means that anywhere from 35 to 65 per cent of mothers-to-be in some areas are opting to deliver their babies by Caesarean section, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Engineer: Rosie Starr
Duration: 10'00"

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