Mary Ward Family Action Pledge to End Child Labour

2021 is the United Nations designated Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

There are currently 40 million people in modern slavery and 152 million children in child labour. Target 8.7 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals calls for us to work together to end these unacceptable violations of human rights. Members of our Mary Ward network are already supporting and advocating for children working in the brickfields, in hidden domestic labour situations and other agricultural contexts.

In line with our commitment to the United Nations, the elimination of human trafficking and the care of women and children, we will mark the 12th of each month with a focus on a different ‘face’ of child labour.


By the end of 2021, our global network of over 200,000 students and other members of our community will be aware of the existence of child labour in six industries across six countries. They will be encouraged to respond locally with new insight. Click here to read more.

On the 12th of each month, beginning on June 12 – the United Nations World Day Against Child Labour, we will distribute an awareness raising toolkit based on a child labour issue relevant to one of our provinces or regions.

Click below to access the Mary Ward Family Action Pledge Toolkit:

The Action Pledge Tool Kit for June was created by our network in the United Kingdom coordinated by Kathryn Keigher ibvm. Loreto Grammar School Altrincham contributors: Anna Martin assisted by: Kristina Farquharson, Elisabeth Hall, Sophie Hetherington, Elizabeth Nzuki, Naomi Wood. Headteacher: Mrs Jane Beever. St Mary’s School Cambridge contributors: Ria Tiwana assisted by: Tindra Brash-Hall. Headteacher: Ms Charlotte Avery.

June Toolkit in English: Infographic; Prayer 1; Poster; Prayer 2

June Toolkit in Spanish: Infografia; Oración 1; Póster y Oración 2

To access Toolkit for July and August.