Ten years after our founding, the Media Voices mission hasn't changed. We fight for a world, where the poor, the powerless and the innocent don't pay the price for our lifestyles as victims of sweatshops and climate change. We endorse the work of labor unions whose organizing has helped abolish child labor from coffee, rubber and cocoa plantations, and push for adults do the work, so their children can go to school. We applaud those businesses that work to abolish all child labor from their supply chains through third party independent monitoring. We support indigenous communities in their efforts retain control of their water, land and precious natural resources for their own benefit. We believe solutions should be local and we need to bet on people directly.
In twenty years of traveling the world and filming child exploitation, there have always been four drivers of injustice: prejudice, profit, poor policy and poverty. The constant is always poverty- too few resources committed to meet existing
needs, a broken aid system, a pass the hat, wholly voluntary series of unmet pledges and promises to help those who can't help themselves.
We have included below, the models we support as answers to the injustices we fight.
UN CONVENTION OF THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Signed by 20 countries, this global declaration on the rights of the child binds the countries involved to a high standard of action in the best interests of their children. The CRC imagines a world free of forced labor, child labor and child trafficking, and calls international governments to action in prevention of ongoing child abuses.
Despite playing an active role in the formation of this document, even signing it in 1995, the United States has yet to ratify the CRC citing pressure from political and religious conservatives.
Read the CRC here.
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Officially known as "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 "Global Goals" with 169 targets between them. This agenda represents a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom
We seek to improve and install rapid movement in the Goals, fighting for the quickest, most holistic answers to crises that cripple our planet and leave the weakest among us helpless.
Read the Goals here.
THE FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS TAX
Today, the average U.N. appeal for funds for refugee assistance, hunger, preventable disease hovers around 13%. At Media Voices we want to see more resources committed to address the growing impacts of global inequality on children and communities.
Our most recently released film The Same Heart dealt with this issue, and a proposed solution. We believe these funds could easily come from a tiny tax on all financial transactions, levied principally on the global financial sector, through the implementation of a Financial Transaction Tax.
Read more about the FTT here.
BBA CHILD FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
Since its establishment by the Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi in 1980, Bachpan Bachao Andolan has led the world’s largest civil society campaign in the form of the Global March Against Child Labour.
Bal Mitra Gram, or "child friendly village" is a novel concept adopted by Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 2001, to make villages and wards in India where every child is placed in school. This is conformity with the broad objective of BBA, stands for total elimination of child labour and ensuring education to all children.
Read about the project here.