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Symposium on Social Justice and Child Labour

Date 17 April 2009
Where Suva, Fiji

Ms. Marie Fatiaki, TACKLE Fiji - National Programme Co-ordinator, ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries

As part of the ILO 90 celebrations, a symposium on Social Justice and Child Labour was held in Suva. The symposium aimed to create an awareness of the efforts of the ILO and partners in working for social justice and its impact on child labour. Participants at the symposium were addressed on the topics of "Social Justice and Child Labour" by high level speakers from the ILO and its constituents, development partners and other relevant United Nations agencies. Seminars were given on 'ILO activities in the Pacific to stop child labour', 'Good practices on tackling child labour through education' and 'Strengthening legislation to eliminate child labour in Fiji.'

The symposium also launched the 2009 World Day Against Child Labour Campaign, which will be celebrated this year on 12 June. The focus of this year's World Day is on the exploitation of girls in child labour and is themed, 'Give girls a chance: end child labour.'

Around the world, an estimated 100 million girls are involved in child labour. Many of these girls undertake similar types of work as boys, but often also endure additional hardships and face extra risks. For instance, girls often have to combine long hours of household chores with some form of economic activity outside the household presenting girls with a "double burden". This can have a negative impact on any opportunity for school attendance and can present a physical danger to girls. Moreover, girls are all too often exposed to some of the worst forms of child labour, often in hidden work situations.

Related links

The ILO in Asia and The Pacific: 90 years of progress

The ILO in Asia and The Pacific: 90 years of progress - (pdf 133kB)

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