On November 5th 2009 Afke de Groot attended the Expert-meeting on Child Labour and Education organised by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Afke de Groot shared her views based on recent IREWOC studies. The seminar consisted of contributions of representatives of the Dutch government, the European Commission, national and international NGOs, labour unions, academia, the private sector, and international organizations such as ILO/IPEC, UCW, and UNICEF. Read more >>>

Read the Ministry's report on the meeting>>>

Children’s Rights at a Cross-Roads
A Global Conference on Research and Child Rights

30 November – 2 December 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
[Open the conference flyer here]

Public Meeting and Round Table Discussion: Gender Dimension of the Worst Forms of Child Labour 
[read more] This event has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforseen organisational issues.

IREWOC took part in the Schokland meeting in Kenya for the project "Fighting Violence to Ensure Education for All". [read more]

The Children's Rights Centre, Ghent University is organising an International Interdisciplinary Course on Children's Rights in September 2008. Find more information on or contact Kathy Vlieghe at

An ‘Action Plan for Companies to Combat Child Labour’ was launched on 20 February in  New Delhi, India, during the ‘International Conference for Child Rights Organisers and Campaigners’ by the campaign ‘Stop Child Labour – School is the best place to work’. The conference is an initiative of the Global Trade Union Movement.
The document combines good practice experiences and insights in the field of combating child labour and rights-based corporate social responsibility.
Read the press release here>>>
Read the Action Plan here>>>

The Seminar on child labour, education and youth employment organised by UCW took place in Paris on 13 and 14 December 2007. Director of IREWOC, Professor Kristoffel Lieten, was one of the speakers at the seminar. All the papers are available for download here

On the 9th of November 2007 the Amsterdam Foundation for International Research on Working Children (IREWOC), Asian Studies in Amsterdam (ASiA) and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) organised the DPRN regional expert meeting on South Asia. The report, which was compiled Kristoffel Lieten (IREWOC) and Heidi Timmerman can be downloaded here