BackgroundThe focus of the 2016 World Day Against Child Labour is on child labour and supply chains. Supply chains are the sequence of activities/processes involved in the production and distribution of a product. With globalization, supply chains have become increasingly complex, involving workers, small producers, and enterprises around the world. While most child labour occurs in production for domestic markets, children can also be found working in the production of goods and services for export.
With 168 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present. Enterprises need to be vigilant to ensure that their supply chains are free from child labour or risk having their reputations ruined and their business seriously damaged.
Child labour occurs largely in the rural and informal economy, in areas where trade unions and employers’ organizations are often weak or absent and in areas that may be beyond the capacity of labour inspectors to reach. This also holds true for child labour in supply chains, where the work may be done in small workshops or homes, and often goes undetected by firms at the top of the chain. Inadequate education systems heighten the risks, and governments must step up their efforts to tackle the problem.
The World Day is an opportunity to shine a light on what can be done to keep child labour out of supply chains.
VenueThe Commemoration of the World Day Against Child Labour in Timor-Leste will take place in June the 10th at Batugade, border of Timor-Leste and Indonesia.
The event was scheduled for this day to take advantage of the fact that, government, parliament, army, police and municipalities authorities will converge to this place for meetings. The National Committee on Child Labour of Timor-Leste (CNTI) is trying to capitalize on it to expose Timor-Leste Child Labour issues and the NAP road map to policy makers.
The Commemoration of the World Day Against Child Labour in Batugade will consist of a drama play, for kids and guess, raising child labour issues. The CNTI will make some presentations to the government, parliament, army, police and municipalities authorities present on the National Action Plan on Child Labour road map.