Antislavery knowledge network

CANCELLED - Child labour exploitation and sustainable development: ethics, safeguarding and policy

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Wednesday 24th February 2021 / Online event
Type: Lecture / Category: Research
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The International Labour Organisation has declared 2021 the year for the Elimination of Child Labour. International efforts to address child labour are included with targets on human trafficking and modern slavery under the framework of Sustainable Development Goal 8.7, but recently an open letter published by openDemocracy and signed by over 100 experts called into question the wisdom of current and historical interventions intended to eliminate child labour, urging more realistic and evidence-based solutions.

This event is being hosted by the Antislavery Knowledge Network to bring together different voices to discuss what is at stake for research and researchers in this area. It will explore the issue of child labour in the context of wider discussions about international development and modern slavery, the implications of the current pandemic, and the ramifications for protection and safeguarding.

Our panelists will discuss:

What are the ethics of doing research with vulnerable populations such as children?
How can we produce the evidence that is needed to improve policy responses?
How can researchers navigate the tensions of the frameworks of protection and development against the realities of precarity and relationships of power?

Speakers TBC