Signature needed: End child slavery now

The email below is from Kailash Satyarthi, a 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Kailash started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Kailash pressure the United Nations to end forced labor and child slavery by signing his petition and sharing it with your friends and family?

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Dear 5849376,

My name is Kailash Satyarthi and I was recently awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for my work against the oppression of children.

We've made great strides toward reducing child labor, but we still have far more work to do. One in 10 of the world's children work, many in forced labor in carpet factories, leather tanneries and street markets.

The United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, now under discussion, represent the international community's crucial recognition that child labor and contemporary slavery hinder the efforts of people to work their way out of poverty.

The United Nations is currently holding discussions on the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, but they must be stronger to ensure that we put an end to child labor. That's why I started my own campaign on, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, says the following:

Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor including recruitment and the use of child soldiers and child slavery, and end child labor in all its forms by 2025.

Tell the United Nations: Eradicate child slavery. Click here to sign the petition.

Globally, 5.5 million children are forced to work. Most child laborers cannot get the education they need to lift them out of poverty and so the chances are high that their children, too, will be forced to work to help support their families.

In the United States, some 400,000 children toil in tobacco fields, fruit farms and other agribusiness, where they often labor up to 60 hours a week in extreme heat, use dangerous tools and machinery and are exposed to toxic pesticides.

We have a small window of opportunity to get the United Nations to add strong language to the goals that would make it clear that countries must take measures to eradicate forced labor, secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor and end child labor by 2025.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging the United Nations to put an end to forced slavery and child labor?

Thank you for your support.

Kailash Satyarthi

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