Goals to free the chil­dren from the child labour by 2025

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The le­gal con­cept has evolved over the prac­tice of child labour which is still ex­it­ing in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

The South Asia ini­ti­ate to end vi­o­lence against chil­dren, the “Re­gional Con­sul­ta­tion on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDG) Al­liance 8.7-South Asia Launch” was held among the SAAR Coun­tries for two day con­cluded on 20 July, 2016 in Thim­phu, Bhutan.

The Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals 8.7 refers to take im­me­di­ate and ef­fec­tive mea­sures to erad­i­cate forced labour, end moderns slav­ery and hu­man traf­fick­ing through co­or­di­nated, multi-stake­hold­ers and se­cure the pro­hi­bi­tion and elim­i­na­tion of the worst forms of child labour, in­clud­ing re­cruit­ment and use of child sol­diers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.

As per the Re­gional Ac­tion Plan (RAP) for the Preven­tion and Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Child Labour states that more chil­dren are in child labour in the Asia and Pa­cific re­gion than in any other re­gion in the world. South Asia, as a home to some half-a-bil­lion chil­dren, the largest child pop­u­la­tion of any re­gion, has among the largest num­ber of chil­dren en­gaged in the labour and other forms of ex­ploita­tion

A hand­book of the Labour Min­istry clas­si­fied child labour as any form of work that is chil­dren (be­low 18 years) en­gage in which de­prives them of their child­hood, their po­ten­tial and their dig­nity. And a work that is harm­ful to the child’s phys­i­cal and men­tal de­vel­op­ment which re­sults in de­pri­va­tion of ed­u­ca­tion.

The Labour Min­is­ter Ly­onpo Ny­eema San­gay Tshempo said that the min­i­mum age of em­ploy­ment in Bhutan is 18 years. How­ever, aged be­tween13-17 is con­sid­ered ac­cept­able from of child labour pro­vided it is sea­sonal and doesn’t af­fect phys­i­cal and men­tal health of chil­dren.

The Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women and Child (NCWC), Di­rec­tor, Kun­zang Lhamu said that al­though goals are very am­bi­tious, the need to in­ter­vene in such is­sues has be­come in­creas­ingly crit­i­cal. Adding that, he also said cur­rently the child ex­tent of vi­o­lence against chil­dren can­not be reck­oned due to lack of data on such in­ci­dents.

The di­rec­tor also added that an ef­fec­tive co­or­di­na­tion mech­a­nism must be de­vel­oped among all the stake­hold­ers within the coun­try to ad­dress child labour.

The Min­istry of Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment, Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den said that it re­quires re­spon­si­ble par­ents to breed healthy chil­dren. He said, “A fam­ily is the most im­por­tant so­cial unit for the healthy up­bring­ing and de­vel­op­ment of the child. What we learn from our fam­i­lies in child­hood builds char­ac­ter and serves us through­out our lives.”

He fur­ther added, “Fam­i­lies guide per­sonal growth and ed­u­ca­tion, while of­fer­ing love and pro­tec­tion. When fam­i­lies are strong, our neigh­bor­hood is strong, our na­tion is strong and we can be more hope­ful about the fu­ture.” He also said, “The jour­ney be­gins from the fam­ily, the home. We need a healthy fam­ily that nur­tures healthy chil­dren, less likely to be abused and avoid be­ing pre-ma­turely in the labour force.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Labour Min­is­ter, the govern­ment is con­stantly work­ing closely with all stake­hold­ers like law en­force­ment agen­cies and CSOs to up­hold laws on the worst forms of child labour and bud­get for de­vel­op­ment of women and chil­dren is ac­corded a high pri­or­ity.

The con­sul­ta­tion was be­ing hosted by The Royal Govern­ment of Bhutan, Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources, Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women and Chil­dren (NCWC) and Na­tional Ac­tion Co­or­di­nat­ing Group (NACG) on Ac­tion Against Vi­o­lence Against chil­dren Bhutan and is be­ing or­ga­nized by South Asia Ini­tia­tive to End Vi­o­lence Against Child (SAIEVAC) Re­gional Sec­re­tariat in col­lab­o­ra­tion with South Asia Co­or­di­nat­ing Group on Ac­tion against Vi­o­lence against Chil­dren (SACG). The event is be­ing sup­ported by the in­ter­na­tional Labour Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ILO).

The in­au­gu­ral ses­sion of the South Asia Ini­tia­tive to end vi­o­lence against chil­dren was launched by the min­is­ter for works and hu­man set­tle­ment Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den

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