World Day against Child Labour

Middle East marks World Day against Child Labour on June 12

ILO and tripartite partners to mark World Day Against Child Labour in Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen and the occupied Palestinian territory.

News | 11 June 2013
BEIRUT (ILO News) – Workers, governments and employers will mark the World Day Against Child Labour (June 12) in several Arab States with support from the International Labour Organization as it steps up efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

The ILO and its tripartite partners are planning a series of events in countries where the International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is expanding its activities, namely Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Jordan will announce on June 11 that it has begun piloting the National Framework to Combat Child Labour in the governorates of Amman, Mafraq and Zarqa, which includes the testing of an integrated national child labour Database that gathers information on out-of-school children, social protection issues and court cases related to child labour. The first National Children’s Conference on Child Labour is also scheduled for June 18-19.

The ILO is hosting two workshops in Ramallah involving government officials, trade unionists, and employers’ organizations, on labour inspection and child labour in the occupied Palestinian territory (June 9-11) ahead of the launch of a National Steering Committee on Child Labour in July.

In Lebanon, journalists attended a training session on June 7 on how to cover child labour issues and on the provisions of a recently adopted decree that identifies the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Child labourers from a National Working Children’s Podium will this week visit major employers and members of parliament in constituencies across Lebanon to talk about their hopes and challenges. Additionally, teachers will chair discussions on child labour in schools across Lebanon with awareness raising materials distributed by the Ministry of Education. Finally, the Ministry of Social Affairs will host awareness sessions with staff at 240 social development centres.

In Yemen, a street campaign will feature the distribution of information materials and t-shirts and caps that read “No child labour in domestic work” by volunteers and a Children’s Caravan composed of working children will visit local authorities and government ministries to talk to officials about education and child labour.

In the Arab States, most child labourers children work in the informal sector in towns and cities, in seasonal agriculture, street work and domestic labour.

The ILO’s International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) supports tripartite partners in Jordan, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territory, and Yemen to adopt and implement an explicit child labour policy and to directly withdraw children from child labour in line with the global objective to reach an end to the worst forms of child labour by the year 2016.