ILO’s informative meetings on combating child labour in the Black Sea Region

A series of informative meetings were held for institutions in the context of “An Integrated Model for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey”

News | 08 April 2022
Giresun/Ordu/Samsun (ILO News) – Informative meetings on combating child labour were held for institutions in the context of “An Integrated Model for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey” implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with funding from the Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries of Europe (CAOBISCO).

Held on 4 to 6 April in Giresun, Ordu and Samsun respectively, the informative meetings featured presentations, assessments and information exchange in order to inform the representatives from public entities, private sector and civil society on the concept of child labour, causes and effects, global and national statistics, child labour in agriculture, and combating child labour; create awareness on the issue; and contribute to inter-institutional coordination.

Presentations were delivered by Ms. Ayşegül Özbek Kansu, Senior Project Coordinator at ILO Office for Turkey; Mr. Anıl Akçay and Mr. Serdar Uğurlu, Labour Experts from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Mr. Özgür Çetinkaya, Consultant to ILO Office for Turkey, facilitated a workshop on “Stakeholder participation in eliminating child labour in agriculture, integrating child labour in policies and strategies, monitoring and evaluation of child labour.”

The meetings were attended by Mr. Hasan Tanrıseven (Ph.D.), Lieutenant Governor of Giresun; Mr. Anıl Akçay and Mr. Serdar Uğurlu, Labour Experts from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Mr. Serkan Topçu, Assistant Labour Expert, in Ordu; Mr. Mehmet Yaşar Günay, Director of Ordu Social Security; Mr. Ali Yıldız, Deputy Director of Provincial Labour and Employment Organizations, in Ordu; Mr. Ayhan Keleş and Mr. Sait Gül, Deputy Directors of Provincial Labour and Employment Organization in Samsun; and representatives in the respective provinces of Provincial Directorates of National Education, Health, Agriculture and Forestry, Chambers of Agriculture and other relevant public entities.

About the Project

Pursuing the overall objective of contributing to the elimination of worst forms of child labour (WFCL) in seasonal agriculture in line with the National Employment Strategy (2014-2023) and National Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (2017-2023), the project is implemented, with funding from CAOBISCO, in the provinces of Ordu, Giresun, Samsun, Sakarya, Düzce, Şanlıurfa. The project aims to contribute to preventing at-risk children from engaging in seasonal hazelnut harvesting and removing those already engaged; create added value through replicating the strategic intervention model in other regions; and help create a sustainable child labour monitoring mechanism in seasonal agriculture.