Malawians urged  to contribute to the fight against child labour

As the country will be commemorating World Day Against Child Labor, Ministry of Labor, Youth and Manpower Development has called upon all Malawians to join and contribute to the fight against child labor in this country.

Minister of labour and manpower development Henry Mussa (L)is accompanied by his Principal Secretary and officials from International Labour Organisation at the Press briefing -Pic by Stanley Makuti

Minister of labour and manpower development Henry Mussa (L)is accompanied by his Principal Secretary and officials from International Labour Organisation at the Press briefing -Pic by Stanley Makuti

Malawi will join the rest of the international community in commemorating this day on 17th June at an event which will take place at Crossroads Hotel and the day will be commemorated under the theme: “End Child Labor in Supply Chains, it’s Everyone’s Business.”

“Every action counts and together we can make a difference in promoting a protective environment for our children that allows them to develop their full potentials for their own good and for the good of the Malawi nation.

“Government remains committed to end child labor. To this end, it has put in place the necessary legislation and policy framework for the protection of children against child labor. These include the Employment Act, the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act, the Trafficking in Persons Act and the List of Hazardous Work,” so reads the statement from the ministry of Labour.

The statement indicates that Malawi Child Labour prevalence rate is at 29 percent and the Ministry calls for everyone, particularly those involved in the supply chains starting from the primary producers in the village to multinationals in the developed world.

Child Labour is work that is exploitative and harmful to children and is, therefore a grave violation of their human rights.

World Day Against Child Labor is commemorated internationally on 12th June every year and it was set aside by the International Labor Organization and its member states, including Malawi to serve as an occasion to highlight the plight of children engaged in Child Labor, sensitize societies on the evils of child labor and mobilize all to take part in its elimination.

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