Over 11.000 signatures for 'gold in your hands' petitionPhoto: ENOUGH project, flickr (cc)

The ‘gold in your hands’ petition is part of a campaign initiated by the Stop Child Labour coalition, asking electronics companies to take action against child labor in gold mines.

Over 11.000 signatures for 'gold in your hands' petitionPhoto: ENOUGH project, flickr (cc)

The campaign informed over 1 million people about the human rights abuses in gold mines. Every year, 279.000 kilo of gold is used by the electronics industry for products like mobile phones, laptops and tablets. While electronics companies claim that they don’t accept child labor in their supply chains, not enough effort is put in preventing child labor in the mining of gold. Electronics companies should use their influence to stop child labor in their supply chains.

As a result of the campaign, 563 children have been taken out of gold mines in Mali and are now back in school. Stop Child Labor works closely with parents, teachers, employers and village chiefs to give all children a chance.

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