2016 was a huge year for Media Voices for Children.
We used all the tools at our disposal – filmmaking, extensive social media, public screenings, meetings with members of Congress and staff and appearances at government agencies to make the case that children should come first in setting budget priorities.
We worked closely with the DC-based Child Labor Coalition and The Congressional Progressive Caucus to lobby for investments in communities and American children.
We took our third documentary on children's human rights, The Same Heart, to the 2016 Nobel Peace Forum where Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi joined us in calling for a financial transactions tax to meet the unmet needs of a billion children at home and around the world.
We showed clips of the film to European Finance Ministers, who then voted unanimously to adopt a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) in 2017 that will produce an estimated 20-25 billion Euros a year for development aid and climate change mitigation.
For World Day Against Child Labor, we met with the leaders of multi-national corporations who are now working to do the right thing by children in the supply chains of their products. Our presentation of children in the worst forms of child labor showed these same companies how far we have traveled and how much further we need to go, together, to eliminate child labor.
We produced the Washington premiere of the The Same Heart at the Howard Theatre, supported by a panel of economists and child rights experts and presented by the forty member organizations of The Child Labor Coalition.
Additional showings were held at New York City's Society for Ethical Culture, in Philadelphia as part of International Peace Day, at The Human Rights Institute at The University of Connecticut and at Friends of The Earth in Washington.
The film's rollout culminated with a showing in the Capitol, where Congressional staffers from both the House and Senate representing both sides of the aisle heard experts testify in support of the FTT. That screening was sponsored by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, The Institute of Policy Studies, The Child Labor Coalition, The Center for Economic Policy and Research, Public Citizen and The Center for Economic Progress.
Meanwhile at mediavoices.org, we published reports on domestic child labor, the impacts of inequality on poor children, profiteering in corporate supply chains, juvenile detention and solitary confinement, environmental justice, the hazards of children working in tobacco, child labor in the cocoa sector, child marriage and the Syrian refugee crisis.
We shared dozens of reports, articles, videos and blogs to hundreds of thousands of visitors to our Facebook page, Twitter and Media Voices homepage.
Finally, and for the fifteenth year, we supported 28 children in private secondary boarding schools in Kenya through our Kenyan Schoolhouse Program. Seven of these children, all either orphans or former child laborers, qualified for college admittance in their national exams.
This work takes time and money. We need your help to keep the lights on at Media Voices for Children. If you can, please take a moment to donate online or send a tax-deductible contribution to:
Media Voices for Children
110 Daggett Avenue
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
And thank you for everything you do