No To Child Labour In Domestic Work In Sierra Leone
June 12th of every year is commemorated as World Day against Child Labor.
It is an occasion to highlight the global extent of child labor and raise awareness on the situation of millions of children, girls and boys, working across the globe. World Day against Child Labour is also a good time to reiterate that every child has the right to a free quality education and access to Health care, shelter and food.
The ILO launched the first World Day in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of working children and to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour.
In 2013, the World Day will provide a spotlight on child labour in domestic work.
Many organizations including Teacher unions have been pioneers in the movement to prevent and eliminate child labour. In the past years, organisations have carried out successful campaigns in their countries. They consider the fight against child labour to be a core component of the right to education advocacy.
World Day Against Child Labour is an important opportunity for people around the world to call attention to the plight of child workers and to call for stronger labor protections for workers everywhere.
World Day against Child Labour is also a good time to reiterate that every child has the right to a free quality public education
Foundation for Democratic Initiatives and Development would want to call on the Government of Sierra Leone, International Agencies and organizations working on child Right issues in the country to end child labour and promote education opportunities for all children.
FDID is also calling for legislation to be implemented and enforced: Government should prepare concrete action plan to revise labour legislations regarding child and bonded labour and subsequent actions.
FDID is calling on all Child Right organizations working in Sierra Leone to redouble their efforts to protect and promote the rights of all children, especially the right to receive a free and meaningful education and the right to be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be harmful to the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.
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