below the age o 18 in the world.
A rapid assessment study by theILO in Zambia in 2002 estimated that HIV/AIDS increased the childlabour orce between 23 and 30 per cent. A survey in Uganda in 2004ound that more than 95 per cent o children living in AIDS-aectedhouseholds were engaged in some type o work. Sixteen per cent othe working children - mostly girls - worked both day and night.
Girls are more likely overall than boys to stay at home and lookater ill parents or younger siblings, thereby oregoing education.
The eects o not attending school are greater or girls than orboys, and their impact transers to the next generation. Whethereducated or not, girls are more vulnerable than boys to sexualabuse, exploitation, tracking and domestic labour,
putting themat serious risk o HIV.
Various types o work may oblige young people to spend time awayrom home, and this oten has a gender dimension. Military personnel(who are predominantly young and male) may ace above-average riskor STIs, including HIV.
Underage and child soldiers (predominantlyboys) are a particular concern.
Truck drivers and their mates inArica and India are oten young males who may have girlriends,including sex workers, at a number o truck stops.
Children orphaned by AIDS
suer in a variety o ways. Not onlydo they lose their parents, but with them essential lie skills andtraditional knowledge (such as arming skills).
Without access toassets, and oten let with the responsibility or their householdsand younger siblings, many children are orced into work, becomingespecially vulnerable to exploitation and harassment.
The estimated 50 million children orphaned as a result o AIDSover the next two decades will enter the workorce with manydisadvantages: gaps in education, psychological problemsassociated with the trauma o a lost parent or parents, lack osocial structure to guide eective decision making, and the stigmaand discrimination surrounding people aected by HIV/AIDS. Theywill not be the rst choice o ormal-sector employers unless theyhave completed their schooling.
Without guardians, social support or income, young people mayalso be orced onto the streets. UNAIDS estimates that more than120 million children worldwide live (and scrape out a living) on thestreets.
High levels o sexually transmitted inections,
includingHIV, have been reported among these children,
making it criticalthat HIV interventions are targeted to them.
The majority o young people are orced to nd or makeopportunities to earn their livelihoods in the inormaleconomy, where underemployment, poor working conditions and thelack o labour protection are endemic. These young workers needtargeted interventions at both policy and workplace levels.
In some countries the lack o work opportunities leads to themigration o young people in search o employment, includingto countries with higher HIV prevalence. Young migrant workersaway rom their usual home environments, social norms andcommunity structures may be under great pressure to have sexthat is oten unprotected. For example, young actory workersin Nepal, who had migrated rom rural areas or work, reportedexperiencing sexual intercourse (one in ve boys and one in eightunmarried girls), despite religious and cultural restrictions. Halo international migrants, about 95 million, are women and girls.They make substantial contributions to their amilies at home andcommunities abroad, but their needs continue to be overlooked,
including their disproportionate vulnerability to tracking,exploitation and abuse.
O these about 166 million are age 5-14, and approximately 52 million are between 15 -17 years o age; 126million child labourers work in hazardous conditions. In sub-Saharan Arica, the country with the deepest andmost extensive AIDS pandemic, there are almost 50 million child labourers age 14 or under. This is 26.4% o the under-15 population. There are also an estimated 122 million child labourers under 15 in the Asia andPacic Region and 5.7 million in Latin America. There are a urther 13.4 million in other regions. - see ILO(2006) Global Report on Child Labour. ILO Programme to End Child Labour (IPEC), Geneva.
Rau, B. (2002) Combating child labour and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Arica: A review o policies, programmes, and projects in South Arica, the United Republic o Tanzania and Zambia to identiy good practices. ILO IPEC Working Paper no 1, Geneva.Rau, B. (2002) Intersecting Risks: HIV/AIDS and ChildLabour. ILO IPEC Working Paper no 8, Geneva.
See Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on HIV and Young People (2008) Global Guidance Brie on HIV Interventions or Young People in the Education Sector.
Fye, A. (2007) The Worldwide Movement Against Child Labour: Progress and Future Directions. ILO, Geneva.
The Global Task Force on Child Labour and Education or All (2007) Reaching the unreached - our commonchallenge. ILO, Geneva.
Boyer, C. et al (2001) “Prevention o sexually transmitted diseases and HIV in young military men” Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 28(6): 349-355. June.
Scalway, T. (2001) Young men and HIV: Culture, poverty, and sexual risk. UNAIDS, PANOS, London.
The UN lists 12 countries in which an estimated total o 250,000 children are ound in military service, amongthem Sri Lanka, Uganda, Nepal, and Philippines. There may be as many as 70,000 child soldiers engagedin government and rebel armies in Burma. These countries are now under pressure to sign the “OptionalProtocol” to the CRC which would compel new laws and reintegration o child solders into normal lie. TheInternational Criminal Court already considers the recruitment o children under age 15 or military purposesto be a war crime.
Agriculture accounts or 70 per cent o child labour worldwide. http://www.ao.org/newsroom/en/ news/2006/1000394/index.html
Rau, B. (2002) Combating child labour and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Arica: A review o policies, programmes, and projects in South Arica, the United Republic o Tanzania and Zambia to identiy good practices. ILO IPEC Working Paper no 1, ILO, Geneva.
UNAIDS (2002) HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. UNAIDS Best Practice Collection, Geneva.
In Jakarta, Indonesia, one in every seven street children had a history o STIs, Monitoring the AIDS Pandemic(MAP) Network (2001) The status and trends o HIV/AIDS/STI epidemics in Asia and the Pacic. Melbourne.http://ww.aids.org/hivaidsino/statistics/map/MAP2001.doc
Saint Petersburg, 37.4% o 313 street children in were ound to be HIV positive. Kissin, D. M. et al (2007) “HIV seroprevalence in street youth, St Petersburg, Russia,” AIDS, 21(17): 2333-2340, November.
See Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on HIV and Young People (2008) Global Guidance Brie on HIV Interventions or Most-at-risk Young People or more inormation on the interventions and the mostappropriate methods or delivering them in dierent contexts.
ILO (2005) Youth Employment: Pathways to Decent Work. Report VI, International Labour Conerence, ILO,Geneva.
UNFPA (2006) A Passage to Hope: Women and International Migration. UNFPA, New York.
Puri, M. and Cleland, J. (2006) “Sexual behaviour and perceived risk o HIV/AIDS among young migrant actory workers in Nepal,” Journal o Adolescent Health, 38(3):237-246.
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