Join us for a conversation on progress made versus existing gaps, and call for prioritising child protection as part of the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights.

Children’s rights still not a priority

Although many businesses refer to the UNGP and other human rights guidelines, children’s rights still need to be equally perceived as an intrinsic part of human rights frameworks. In the travel and tourism sector, awareness about the sexual exploitation of children has increased over the last decade among ‘frontrunner’ businesses, many of which are members of The Code ( Much more needs to be done to improve national legal and policy frameworks, and step-up the accountability of business to prevent sexual exploitation of children.

Sexual exploitation of children carries on

Sexual exploitation of children has not stopped with the closure of borders and travel restrictions – offenders who transitioned to online exploitation of children are likely to travel to commit hands-on abuse when the restrictions ease. As countries confront the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis and its growing economic and social impacts on children, their families, and entire communities, key partners representing CSOs, governments, and business will discuss progress made versus existing gaps, and call for prioritising child protection as part of the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights.

A discussion about progress so far and the gaps we need to address

Join us for a conversation on this issue, on the 23rd of June, 2-4pm (Bangkok time). The event will highlight key issues related to child protection that need to be prioritised as part of the next decade of BHR.

Speakers include the representatives of: GIZ; UNICEF; German Embassy, Bangkok; Studiosus; DER Touristic; VP Global Strategic Transformation, American Express Global Business Travel representing Trafficking Task Force of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and ECPAT members from Ethiopia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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Twenty years ago, Bekelech was a single mother who was unable to feed or educate her 4-year-old daughter. Her husband had been killed in the war and she could not find employment.
Bekelech dreamed of opening a stall in the local market in her impoverished neighbourhood near Addis Ababa. She was accepted into the EDA family help program and provided with business training and a start up grant of 3,300 Bir ($115 US) for initial rent payments and to purchase the grains that she would sell.
She worked hard to realize her goal and is proud of her achievements. Today, Bekelech is independent and financially stable. Her daughter was able to attend primary and secondary school and has recently graduated from university as an accountant.
Bekelech recognizes the work that she put into her business, but she is also grateful for the help and support provided by EDA. “I wouldn’t be the kind of person I am today without EDA”.
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