Let us fight child labour starting with ourselves and in our families, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic."Julião da Silva, the Secretary of State of Vocational Training and Employment Timor-Leste
Encouraging supports from relevant labour actors, students of Manufahi expressed their thoughts through messages displayed during the event. “My future is here, at this school. I don’t like child labour,” wrote Gelvanio dos Santos, 12th grade students of Cafe Manufahi. Meanwhile a common message from all the students said: “We, students of Cafe Manufahi, are happy to celebrate this day. We refuse child labour. Stop child labour right now!”
We need to ensure that children should not fall victims to child labour in any conditions, including in this current epidemic."Albert Uriyo, representing the ILO’s Country Director
The rights of children are to go to school and enjoy their lives as children. It is our duty, as parents, to realize these rights."Antonino Bianco, a parliament member for labour affairs
Antonino Bianco, a parliament member for labour affairs, also emphasized the realization of children’s rights. “The rights of children are to go to school and enjoy their lives as children. It is our duty, as parents, to realize these rights,” he said, adding that the parliament has committed to prioritize deliberation of laws on child labour.
The commitment of the parliament greatly supported by Dinorah Granadeiro, Child Rights Commissioner, who actively urges the government and the parliament to support and enact the child protection law. “In addition to the child right convention, our children will be more protected with the national law.”
Aimed to raise public awareness and to build movement against child labour, the event was funded by the United Stated Department of Labour under cooperative agreement with the ILO’s Measurement, awareness- rising and policy engagement project (MAP16) to accelerate action against child labour and force labour.