MOLSA: Child labor dropped by 16%
On the occasion of the World Children Day, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government issued a statement on 1 June , 2014 in which it congratulated all the children of the world and the Kurdistan Region: “And especially those children who work and are deprived of celebrating their own day.”
“World Children Day comes at a time when Children Rights’ Law is being drafted by an expert committee in the KRG,” reads the statement. “The draft is being prepared in accordance with the international treaties and agreements on children’s rights.”
The Ministry states that one of their achievements has been the launch of the children's hotline (116). The hotline is a mechanism by which people can report violence against children and violations of their rights at home, school, work or anywhere else.
“The hotline is currently operational in Erbil and Suleimaniya Provinces, and we are working hard to launch it in Duhok Province as well. This is in addition to preparing the alternative family system for orphans or those who live under violence.”
Another effort by the Ministry is es- tablishing the Higher Committee for Children Rights Protection, which is aimed at protecting children’s rights and developing their capacities.
“This board is affiliated to the Council of Ministers legally and administratively and is responsible for child protection against violence, oppression, and misconduct targeting children.”
The statements reads that in a research conducted in 2010 about the number of working children and the factors behind child labor, they found out that compared to the year 2007 child labor had dropped by 16%.
“Moreover, launching an annual national campaign about child labor and its impact on the children and the society is another effort to uproot this phenomenon.”
The Institutions and Directorates of the Ministry organized events to celebrate the Children’s Day all over the Kurdistan Region, in which children showed their capabilities in various activities such as music, songs and other artistic activities.