Delphine Valette, Head of Advocacy & Public Affairs for Brooke, and co-author of the report said:
“We are putting emphasis on how complex South Asia’s brick kiln industry is, and examining the crucial links between human, animal and the environment sectors. We hope the report will encourage collaboration between people who have the power to act, and start off key conversations that can lead to changing the face of the brick kiln industry.”
Mike Baker, CEO at The Donkey Sanctuary, said:
“It is an incredibly valuable and important breakthrough to be able to directly link the welfare of working animals, including donkeys, with humanitarian and environmental causes. The evidence and experience gained from this collaborative report will help to influence the future of the brick kiln industry and make a positive and sustainable difference to those who are currently working every day in such difficult conditions.
“The Brick By Brick report will be a key tool in our work to raise the profile of these issues on an international level.”
According to Richard Howard, ILO Nepal Director:
“the report highlights the numerous challenges of ensuring decent work for all workers in the brick kiln industry, particularly in respect to forced labour and child labour. Despite these challenges, there are opportunities to improve routine monitoring and inspection of the industry and support workers to organize and negotiate for better working conditions and the elimination of child and forced labour. The SAIEVAC meeting is an important step in this direction.”
The high level policy event, organised by The South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) and hosted by the government of Nepal, takes place in Pokhara over two days, and brings together governments, trade unions, representatives from international non-government organisations (INGOs) and the private sector, to discuss the issues and secure commitments for action from national, regional and global decision makers.