Children to moderate national forum on child labour in Jordan

The national forum, organised by children themselves, will highlight the importance of tackling the issue of child labour in the country.

Children and youth will hold a national forum bringing together key stakeholders to highlight some of the key issues related to child labour in Jordan and ways to resolve them.

The forum, which will be help under the patronage of the Minister of Labour, Ali Al Ghezawi, will focus on three main topics: child labour and legislation; hazardous forms of child labour; and ways of integrating child labour themes into Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Officials, including members of the National Committee on Child Labour, representatives from the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament, human rights activists and international agencies representatives will attend the forum to hear discussions that will be moderated by children advocating against child labour.

The ILO has been working with the Greater Amman Municipality and university students on training children and youth to campaign against child labour. The training falls under an ILO-developed initiative entitled “Children Podium,” which is working on advocacy and policy dialogue to address policy makers, parliamentarians and community leaders through the children.

Members of the “Children Podium” were previously involved in conducting a rapid assessment aimed at identifying child labour, as well as organising meetings with parliamentarians and child rights activists in Amman, in efforts to finding solutions to tackle child labour in the country.

The work falls under the ILO project titled “Tackling child labour among Syrian refugees and their host communities in Jordan and Lebanon,” funded by the Regional Development and Protection Program/RDPP. The RDPP is a European initiative supported by EU, Ireland, Switzerland, UK, Norway, Netherland and Check republic and Denmark.