Globally, there are approximately 17.2 million child domestic workers, of whom two-thirds are girls aged 5-17. In Myanmar, over one million children are in hazardous child labour, including child domestic work – most coming from conflict-affected and ethnic minority areas. Despite the educational losses, social isolation and abuse of child domestic workers, few programmes exist to protect them. Collaborating with former child domestic workers, this project aims to identify youth-driven strategies to improve the future of at-risk youth. Youth will be engaged to contribute directly to policy dialogues on the revision of Myanmar’s 1993 Child Labour Law and the UN’s 2021 Year of Elimination of Child Labour, and demonstrate the value of young voices to informing policymaking and programming as well as to improving children’s rights.
Research team: Professor Cathy Zimmerman, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Dr Nicola Pocock, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Mr Tim Aye-Hardy, Myanmar Mobile Education Project, Myanmar; Ms Helen Veitch, Children Unite