Rights defender call for urgent need to eradicate child labor

According to estimates, 9.8pc of children aged 10-14 involved in child labor.

ISLAMABAD: The National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) launched a portal on the state of children and presented its annual report for 2023-24 on the eve of World Day against Child Labor.

The day observed annually on June 12th serves as a powerful reminder of the urgent need to eradicate child labor in all its forms. It is a day dedicated to reflecting on the plight of millions of children worldwide who are deprived of their childhood, education and potential.
In Pakistan, child labor remains a critical challenge. According to estimates, 9.8pc of children aged 10-14 are involved in child labor and the International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that one in every fourth household engages a child in domestic work. These alarming statistics highlight the pressing need for concerted efforts to address this issue.
Chairperson NCRC Ayesha Raza Farooq said, “As we leave this room today, let us commit to becoming advocates for change. Speak up against the silent exploitation happening in our midst. Let us not normalize young boys and girls working in our neighborhoods, sometimes in our own homes.”
Minister for Human Rights Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar, who was chief guest at the event, affirmed the government’s commitment and said, “The Ministry of Human Rights is fully committed to supporting the efforts of the NCRC in their mission to end child labour and bring about legislative reforms. I am pleased to announce that the comprehensive bill Prohibition of Child Labor in Domestic Work 2024’ drafted by the NCRC is being considered at the highest forum of the National Task Force on Human Rights.”
ILO Country Director Geir Tonstol highlighted the broader implications of addressing child labor, adding, “Achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.7 is not just about eliminating child labor; it’s about breaking the chains of poverty, providing education and opportunities and ensuring a brighter future for every child.”

Deputy Country Representative UNICEF Dr. Inoussa Kabore stressed the importance of collaboration, saying, “Stakeholder engagement serves as a powerful tool for bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to address complex issues.”

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