urged to address domestic child labour
The National Commission on the Rights of
Child (NCRC) in collaboration with Unicef
formally launched its policy brief and
survey on child labour in Islamabad on
Tuesday. The policy brief examined the issue
of child domestic labour from a legal
perspective primarily focusing on prevailing
laws and enforcement mechanisms. It made
recommendations to legislators,
policymakers, government agencies and
development practitioners to address the
issue of child domestic labour.
National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC)
Chairperson Afshan Tehseen stressed on the
need for addressing loopholes in the
existing laws on child domestic labour at
the federal and provincial level. She said
many laws still lacked implementation
mechanisms and rules and the commission was
following up with concerned departments at
the federal and provincial level.
The NCRC presented the findings of the
policy brief on the legal framework on child
domestic labour before the participants,
highlighting the national and international
commitments and gaps dealing with the issue.
It said only extreme violent cases of child
domestic labour were reported.
The commission welcomed the enactment of the
Islamabad Capital Territory Domestic Workers
Act in October 2022 that bars employment of
children in Islamabad Capital Territory
under the age of 16 years in compliance with
Article 25 (A) of the constitution and
provinces must also raise the minimum age
for child labour to 16 years.
Daniela Luciani, the chief of Child
Protection at Unicef, shared the findings of
knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP)
survey on child labour and violent
She said in Pakistan more than 12.5 million
children, nearly 16 per cent of the child
population, were known to be involved in
child labour with 13 to 14 per
cent of them aged five to 17 years.
Moreover, she said an average of 34 per cent
of survey respondents reported that child
labour could cause a child to feel inferior
due to not being able to attend school.
When listing harmful consequences of child
labour, an average of 27pc adult respondents
said child labour carried a risk of sexual
abuse and exploitation; 42pc of adult
respondents reported that child labour
carried a risk of physical abuse.
Talking on violent discipline, she said 81pc
of children in Punjab, 80pc in Sindh, 82pc
in KP had experienced some sort of violence.
Senator Rubina Khalid said awareness was the
key to success, adding that the media needed
to concentrate on the real issues.
Joint Secretary Ministry of Overseas
Pakistanis and Human Resource Development,
Mohammad Wishaq discussed the role and
efforts of the ministry to eliminate child
Published in Dawn, November 30th, 2022