For those who don't know, today is International Children's Rights Day. This is because 20. November coincides with the day the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The Convention recognises the civil, economic, social, and cultural rights of all children. 

This day provides each of us with an inspiring starting point to support, promote and celebrate children's rights and translate them into dialogue and action to create a better world for children. 

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government officials and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important role in making World Children's Day relevant to their societies, communities, and nations. 

Poverty is decreasing in the world, yet children are the first victims of poverty. Especially child labour has become a loud no-go after scandals of fast-fashion chains, yet there are still enough children who have to renounce their education to support their families. At the beginning of 2020, around 160 million children were affected by child labour, and 9 million more children are at risk due to the impact of COVID-19. This is equivalent to almost one in 10 children worldwide. Among them, half are doing hazardous work that directly threatens their health and moral development.

The consequences are devastating. Child labour can lead to extreme physical and mental harm and even death. It can lead to slavery and sexual or economic exploitation. And in almost all cases, children are excluded from schooling and health care, limiting their basic rights and threatening their future.

Human rights groups have documented numerous evidence of the use of child labour in cotton farming. For example, each year between 1.5 and 2 million children in Uzbekistan are forced to work during the cotton harvest. This practice is sanctioned by the state. Schools can be closed for about three months during harvest time, and staff is tasked with ensuring that children work in the fields during this time. 

How can you personally do something about child labour? Buy cotton products produced by an ethically certified cotton supplier, for instance certified with GOTS, which is the world leader in setting standards for textile processing of organic fibres. As a consumer, you have the power to choose not to use child labour and to buy only from companies that have a transparent supply chain and where fair working conditions are a must. 

Our small CORA contribution is that we only choose producers who guarantee fair and sustainable working conditions. We also visit our producers regularly to see for ourselves whether the working climate and working conditions meet our expectations. Furthermore, through ONLUS Plan International Italia, we support children in less privileged countries so that they can go to school. For us, the right to education is one of the most important children's rights and the first step towards this as a company is to decide against child labour! 

 Stay happy with your kids! 

Your CORA happywear team