Activities on Ending Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture Organized in İstanbul and Şanlıurfa

Within the framework of “An Integrated Model for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey Project”* jointly implemented by International Labour Organization and the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, Cross-sectoral Platform Meeting and training activity for women took place in January-March 2020.

News | 31 March 2020
Within the framework of “An Integrated Model for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey Project” jointly implemented by International Labour Organization and the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, cross-sectoral platform meeting was held in İstanbul in January 2020. Representatives from hazelnut and cotton/textile sectors, social partners and civil society were participated in the meeting. International and national framework with respect to the elimination of child labour, project activities, elimination of child labour in seasonal agriculture and actors of hazelnut and cotton supply chain were presented. Representatives of hazelnut and cotton/textile sectors shared their social program activities and experiences.

In addition, training targeting women members of seasonal agricultural worker families was held in in Şanlıurfa in March 2020 in collaboration with the Şanlıurfa Governorate and relevant Provincial Directorates. Participant women were informed on rights, gender equality, prevention of violence against women, basic health and occupational safety and health in agriculture, and children in seasonal agriculture and social assistance.

*“An Integrated Model for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey Project”

The project was first implemented in 2012-2015 in Ordu under the partnership of the General Directorate of Labour of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Turkey; then expanded to the provinces of Düzce, Sakarya and Şanlıurfa in 2015-2018, and is scheduled to run until end 2020.

The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to eliminating the worst forms of child labour in seasonal agriculture in line with the Government’s National Employment Strategy (2014-2023) and National Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (2017-2023). Through the strategic intervention model developed under the Project to ensure that children are withdrawn from worst forms of labour and prevent children under risk from entering the world of work, it is also aimed to contribute to the processes of policy development and implementation, and to strengthening the national and local capacities and raising awareness.