MONTREAL, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - A new poll released today reveals that
Quebecers feel conflicted about child labour and how they may be
fueling the tragedy. Commissioned by World Vision a few weeks after
the Bangladesh factory disaster, the Ipsos Reid survey found that 75
per cent of Quebecers think it's easy to turn a blind eye to child
labour in developing countries.
The majority also misjudged the scale of the child slavery worldwide. On
average, Quebecers estimated that 11.5 million children are doing
hazardous work. The correct answer, according to the International
Labour Organization, is more than 115 million children are doing work
that is damaging their bodies, minds and well-being. Many have dropped
out of school; many are not able to escape their situation.
A majority of Quebecers did not know it's possible to buy fair trade
clothing, wine, jewelry, soccer balls, flowers, seafood and produce
like green peppers and bananas.
"Quebecers haven't yet grasped the shocking scale of child labour
worldwide. Their estimate of how many children toil in dirty, dangerous
and degrading jobs was 10 times lower than reality," said Cheryl Hotchkiss, senior advocacy manager, World Vision Canada. "It's easy to turn a blind eye to something that's not in your face, but
this research shows Quebecers want options to protect children in other
countries from exploitation, just like children in Quebec should be
"India is the second most populated country in the world with 1.2
billion people. Over 70 per cent of its population is under the age of
25. It's a magnificent and inspiring country with a complex and
fascinating culture, but poverty in India has reached staggering
levels. What is hardest to accept is that, because of their
vulnerability, children are the ones who suffer most from poverty,"
said Geneviève Borne, the new World Vision ambassador in Québec.
Despite Quebecers' perception of child slavery, the poll also showed
they are prepared to take action.
ADDITIONAL POLL RESULTS
78 per cent of Quebecers point to Western demand for cheap products as
the driver behind a company's need for cheap labour.
Quebecers (94 per cent) are the most likely of all Canadians to think
that companies should be legally obligated to provide information about
the factory conditions, workers' wages and commit to not using child
90 per cent are willing to pay more for products guaranteed to be free
of child labour. On average, Quebecers would pay 18 per cent more for
78 per cent are disturbed to see children working in the tourism
industry when they're on holiday.
90 per cent say they would be more likely to buy a vacation through a
tour operator or hotel that donates a percentage of revenue to local
child protection organizations.
Quebecers (97 per cent) are the most likely of all Canadians to believe
that protecting children is the responsibility of national governments
in countries where children are exploited or sold.
VIDEO AND PHOTOS
World Vision recently launched a new campaign, No Child For Sale, which provides resources for Canadians to become more responsible consumers. Globally, the aid
agency is working to change and enforce laws, educate children,
families and communities about children's rights and support people to
overcome poverty which often leads to child slavery. Visit
NoChildForSale.ca or #nochildforsale.
*These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid survey conducted
between May 10 and 17, 2013, in which a sample of 1,924 Canadian adults was interviewed
online. The survey is accurate to within +/- 2.5 percentage points had
all Canadians adults been polled.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our
News Centre at worldvision.ca.
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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