ILO Strategists Chart New Ways to Combat Child Labour

New ILO strategies to combat child labour will be the focus at a regional meeting attended by experts from 16 countries.

Press release | BANGKOK and DHAKA | 16 October 2000

BANGKOK and DHAKA (ILO News) – As governments in Asia stretch limited resources to weed out child labour, experts of the International Labour Organization (ILO) have been testing new ways to give back their childhood to the region’s working children. These techniques complement governmental efforts by involving employers, workers, parents, teachers and other concerned members of society. Experts from 16 countries will bring the most effective of these strategies to the fore at a major regional meeting from 24-26 October in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

On Monday, 23 October at 17.00 in the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel correspondents are invited to a press conference at which Secretary Sirajul Islam of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr A.S.M. Quasem, president of the Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) and Mr Salam Khan, chairperson of the National Coordination Committee for Workers’ Education (NCCWE), will discuss the child labour situation in Bangladesh. ILO Regional Director Mitsuko Horiuchi and Mr Frans Roselaers, director of the Organization’s Geneva-based International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, will address the issue as it affects the region as a whole.

The press conference will open with a preview of a new ILO-commissioned video on child labour in Bangladesh, Hope for Saleha. Correspondents will also be able to view noted photographer Nick Rain’s latest exhibition Keeping Watch: Monitoring child labour in Asia.

Journalists are also welcome to interact informally with panellists immediately after the press-conference at a reception to begin at 19.00.

For further information please contact

Ms C. Coenjaerts (Director ILO Dhaka Office): Tel: (880) (2) 911 2836; fax: (880) (2) 811 4211