Speakers call for efforts to eliminate child labour from society

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Zubair Qureshi

One in every four households in Pakistan employs a child predominantly girls, aged 10 to 14 years in domestic work. This was shared at the launching ceremony of “Prevention and Elimination of Child Domestic Labour” in collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO) held at Pakistan Girl Guides Association (PGGA) headquarters.

They emphasized the need for collective efforts to eliminate child labour from society.

Parliamentary Secretary for Education Zeb Jaffar, Country Head of the ILO Markus Ruck were among the distinguished guests who spoke on the occasion and drew the attention of the audience towards the ills of domestic child labour and its negative impact on society.

The Parliamentary Secretary along with the ILO country head also formally launched the badge against child domestic labour on the occasion.

They said that the children engaged in child labour of domestic work were assessed at the micro-level, where the ‘push’ factors were explored, including social support, home environment and the attitude of children and parents towards the menace.The macro-level critically assessed the policies, laws and programmes, addressing the national and sub-national response to child labour in domestic work. And finally, the priority areas were recommended including legislative and non-legislative measures for combatting child labour in domestic work in Pakistan, they added.

Moreover, speakers shared the key objectives of the project, progress made so far on the ongoing and planned activities. They also highlighted the products and the programs, partnerships and mobilization of stakeholders for accelerating joint efforts towards prevention and elimination of child labour in the country.

 

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