Mega event to mark the World Day against Child Labour-2018

The EU funded project ‘Sustaining strengthened national capacities to improve ILS compliance and reporting in relevant EU trading partners’ supported Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Department of Labour in arranging a mega event in Peshawar on July 10, 2018 to mark the World Day against Child Labour (WDACL). The event was held under the theme ‘Generation Safe & Healthy’

Press release | Peshawar, Pakistan | 09 July 2018
PESHAWAR (ILO News): The EU funded project ‘Sustaining strengthened national capacities to improve ILS compliance and reporting in relevant EU trading partners’ supported Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Department of Labour in arranging a mega event in Peshawar on July 10, 2018 to mark the World Day against Child Labour (WDACL). The event was held under the theme ‘Generation Safe & Healthy’. The event was attended by relevant stakeholders (about 80 people in total). Justice (Retired) Dost Muhammad Khosa, Chief Minister (CM) of KP along with ministers from his Cabinet including the KP Minister for Labour Mr Muqadas Ullah Khan also participated in the event and their presence resulted in mobilization of highest political commitment as the CM said that provincial government would design and implement actions to combat worst forms of child labour soon after the completion of ongoing survey of child labour in the province. Prof Dr Daud Khan, KP Labour Secretary Muhammad Nizamuddin, KP Director Labour Irfan Ullah Khan, Secretary General EFP Fasihul Karim Siddiqi, US Academician Prof Fida Khan, Member Supreme Court Bar Council Habib Qureshi also spoke on the various aspects of Child Work.

Mr Abid Niaz Khan, Project Coordinator of the EU funded project presented the operative provisions of ILO’s Convention-138 Concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment and Convention-182 Concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour and answered the questions asked by the audiences.

Majyd Aziz, President, Employers Federation of Pakistan said that EFP facilitates sharing among employers their experiences in addressing Child Labour, particularly in industrial sector and supply chains. EFP also aspires to identify obstacles to businesses in implementing the ILO and UN Global Compact Child Labour Principles and also pinpoint key dilemmas faced by enterprises and will provide doable and practical ways of overcoming Child Labour issues. More importantly, it will catalyse corporative approaches to address Child Labour in selected industrial sectors and communities. EFP also launched ‘Children’s Rights and Business Principles’, while the Department of labour launched its Child Labour Policy during the event.

Ms Ingrid Christensen, ILO Country Director in Pakistan, in her speech called for the adoption of ILO Decent Work Agenda and said that Social Dialogue is very much needed to implement the fundamental rights at work. She said that safety, health, and employment need to be prioritized and focused by all the stakeholders. She disclosed that globally over 500 million children work including about 15 to 17 million in Pakistan. She lauded the contributions of EFP in awareness raising and motivating enterprises to refrain from employing children, even in their supply chains. She said that ILO Convention 182 regarding Worst Forms of Child Labour has been the most ratified Convention but there is still huge number of Child Labour everywhere. She also congratulated the KP government for approving the Child Labour Policy and for initiating a Child Labour Survey across the Province.




The event information was shared on Facebook.

The event was also reported by the media: