Pakistan urged to take steps to end child
As a member state of the International
Labour Organisation (ILO), Pakistan should
take steps to respect compliance with the
international conventions on the elimination
of child and forced labour, ILO Country
Director (Officer in Charge) in Pakistan,
Khemphone Phaokhamkeo, said while addressing
a workshop for the elimination of child
labour in Islamabad.
“A strong common collaboration among all the
stakeholders is required to define and
achieve the common goal of preventing child
labour,” he said at the ‘National
Consultative Workshop on Elimination of
Child Labour in Agriculture/Cotton, Textile
and Garment Value Chains in Pakistan', held
by the Food and Agriculture Organisation
of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration
with the ILO, which concluded on Tuesday.
The workshop was held under the “CLEAR
Cotton Project: Eliminating child labour and
forced labour in the cotton, textile and
garment value chains” (2018-2023). The
project was mainly funded by the European
The ILO Country Director said that fighting
child labour is important for ILO and has
been a priority since its establishment in
1919. Pakistan has also ratified 36
international conventions including the ones
on the elimination of child and forced
Pakistan is among the four countries
including Burkina Faso, Mali, and Peru where
the CLEAR Cotton Project is being
implemented. In Pakistan, the project is
being co-implemented by FAO and ILO.
The issue of child and forced labour in
Pakistan requires our attention amongst the
other three areas; Firstly, we need to
ensure that all children have access to
quality education; not only up to the
primary level but till the time they attain
the legal age of being eligible to work.
Secondly, a healthy, safe and protected work
environment must be provided for the youth.
Thirdly, the poor should be protected under
social safety nets and social protection.
All adults must be provided decent work so
that they do not have to pull their
children into work.
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