VGen

World Vision Australia's youth movement

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VGen's youth advocates are changing the world by taking action on issues of global poverty and injustice. Join us now.

Who we are

VGen is made up of young people aged 15–25 who want to make a difference and are empowered to take action on issues of global poverty and injustice.

Together, we speak out with one voice to advocate for those living in poverty. We influence our world through grassroots campaigning – one community at a time.

Local

VGen takes action

Through VGroups in local schools and universities throughout Australia. Together we learn, take action and engage others in creating real change.

National

When we speak with one voice, people listen

As part of VGen, you can be involved in creative, high-impact campaigning on issues like child protection and trafficking, maternal and child health and overseas aid. As a national movement, we join together for large-scale events, conferences and online campaigning.

Global

Through World Vision

VGen Advocates have the opportunity to partner with other like-minded youth from around the world and experience overseas development work first-hand.

Become a youth advocate and tackle issues of global poverty and injustice Join us

We're campaigning to #ENDCHILDLABOUR

How to create an ethical community

Around the world, millions of children are forced to work in dangerous and degrading jobs for little or no pay, but you can help end child labour.

The issue

Today, 168 million children around the world are forced to work in dangerous and degrading jobs for little to no pay. They work in a large number of industries, receive few rights and are exploited for profit over and over again.

The worst thing is we may unknowingly be purchasing the products of their labour. You might be surprised by the truth behind some of these child labour myths.

But we know change is possible, and it starts with us as consumers. If we demand to know where our products are made and ensure we only buy goods made under fair conditions, businesses will have no choice but to change their practices around child labour.

The campaign

The End Child Labour campaign asks the simple but provoking question: what are you buying… into?

We believe that Australian youth have the power to change the systems that fuel child labour by influencing individuals, businesses and government to buy more ethically sourced products. In doing so, the campaign aims to drive down the demand for goods made using exploitative labour practices that are harmful to children.

What you can do

  1. Purchase more ethical products today and start making more informed decisions about which products you buy.
  2. Tell others about the issue and about how they can be part of the solution by using the hashtag #EndChildLabour.
  3. Create an Ethical Community by getting your schools, university, local business to start the journey (Find out more here)
  4. Influence government by telling your local MP that you don’t stand for child labour.

I am making a change by empowering young people to take action. Every act, no matter how small, is important!

Ashleigh, VGen advocate