Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / CmiA stands up for rights of children in Africa
CmiA stands up for rights of children in Africa
Jun '14
According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), more than 170 million children worldwide between the ages of 5 and 17 have to work. Standing up for the rights of children is a key issue for the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) and its Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative. In collaboration with the renowned American children's book author, Donald Grant, the initiative has created illustrations with child labor as the theme to inform people in the cotton regions about this important issue and to raise awareness for it. 
"For many children in the world instead of having the opportunity to play and go to school, they are forced to perform hard physical labor on a daily basis. We are actively taking a stand against this issue and have thus incorporated the requirements of all ILO core labor standards into the CmiA criteria. This means any form of exploitative child labor is strictly forbidden," explains Christoph Kaut Managing Director of the Aid by Trade Foundation. In order to communicate these requirements to farmers in a clear and comprehensible manner, the foundation has created a comic with the prestigious American children's book author and illustrator Donald Grant.
The aim of the illustrations is to educate about the dangers of child labor and show the smallholder farmers that compliance with the CmiA criteria has a positive impact on their lives and those of their families. The drawings depict the daily life of a smallholder farmer and are shown as part of training to allow people to draw parallels to their own lives. Examples with reference to the everyday life in a village illustrate measures against child labor and show that it pays to protect the welfare and future of children. 
Grant, who lives as a freelance author and illustrator in Paris, has been traveling the CmiA project regions for weeks on assignment to get a sense of what motivates people and how the story should be told in order to be truly convincing. "I had to first of all understand how my audience ticks, what appeals to them, what they enjoy, what moves them. I think the stories work because they truly reflect what people see and experience every day. They can become immersed in the illustrations and identify with the characters." 
Another focus of CmiA in the fight against child labor are also the cooperation projects that promote the construction of schools, cafeterias, and school gardens and make it thus possible for many children in remote regions to even attend school. 


Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 26th Oct 2016

SGS develops 4C chemical management model for apparel

SGS, a leading inspection, auditing, certification, testing, and...

Textiles | On 26th Oct 2016

Whitehouse & URI Business Centre start RI textile network

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and the University of Rhode Island...

Textiles | On 25th Oct 2016

Arvind to dilute 10% stake in brand business arm

Arvind Limited, one of India’s largest integrated textile and apparel ...

Interviews View All

Divyesh Mashruwala
Akshar Industries

Surat dominates foiling, embossing and pleating

Shawn Honeycutt
Bolger & O'Hearn

‘The Indian market is interesting and rather persistent in seeking new...

Victor Chao

‘In future, clothing boundary lines will become increasingly blurred.’

Marcel Alberts

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Pranav Mishra

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Igor Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search