PRESS RELEASE FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINSTCHILD LABOURTHEME: NO TO CHILD DOMESTIC WORKVENUE: NATIO...
National Theatre with a Public Dialogue on Domestic Workers. As such theMinistry will review the Employment Act 2006 to in...
programmes like: UPE and USE, and others, that prioritise reduction of illiteracylevels, poverty eradication and minimizat...
However, in spite of these, there have been a series of challenges particularly:weak enforcement of international-national...
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Press release for the celebration of the international day against child labour

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  • 1. PRESS RELEASE FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINSTCHILD LABOURTHEME: NO TO CHILD DOMESTIC WORKVENUE: NATIONAL THEATREDATE 12THJUNE 2013Child labour is globally regionally as well as nationally, a pervasive phenomenon.According to the Uganda National Household Survey, (2009/2010), there are 2.75million children who are economically active, particularly, in the age range of 15-17 years.Of these, 51%, representing 1.4 million children, are engaged in hazardous work.The highest concentrations of worsct forms of child labour are found in Westernregion at 55.7%, followed by the Eastern and Central regions respectively, at 53%,with Northern Uganda, the least affected, at 45.4%.Child labour is defined as engagement of children in work that is mentally,physically, socially and/or morally dangerous and harmful to children.Child labour is also defined as employment of children in hazardous work whichby nature or circumstances under which it is performed jeopardizes the health,safety and morals of the child.Further child labour is perceived to be work that interfere with the schoolattendance of the childThe Global theme on World Day Against Child LabourThe global theme for this year’s World day against Child Labour is “No to ChildLabour in Domestic Work’’. This theme calls for national interventions againstchild labour in Domestic work.The lead activity agency is the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Developmentwith other tripartite partners. It will be celebrated on 12thJune 2013 at the1
  • 2. National Theatre with a Public Dialogue on Domestic Workers. As such theMinistry will review the Employment Act 2006 to include all issues on Domesticworkers as per ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Workers.In 2011, the ILO adopted new international standards promoting decent work fordomestic workers, so that they have the right to decent work and livingconditions. This is ILO Convention No. 189 concerning decent work for domesticworkers. Child labour is globally regionally as well as nationally, a pervasivephenomenon. According to the Uganda National Household Survey, (2009/2010),there are 2.75 million children who are economically active, particularly, in theage range of 15-17 years.Child labour in domestic work is one of the worst forms of child labour wherechildren work in homes, hidden from public eye; they are normally isolated, worklong hours, physically and sexually abused, voiceless with low or no pay.Child labour, if not addressed, affects national economic and social developmentof sustainable employment, productivity and decent work and is an obstacle toachieving MDG for education for all.Many children in Uganda are already involved as domestic workers beforereaching the minimum age of 14 years for entry to employment.Due to the seriousness of child labour and the vast effects on development,Uganda has child labour as one of the priority concerns.Child labour is being addressed by different stakeholders. These comprises of theMGLSD and other line ministries like education and sports, Finance, Internalaffairs; CSOs, NGOs, Faith based organization, workers and employersrepresentatives. The approaches used include SCREAM, Community ConservationMeetings, Community Child Labour Committees, and Integrated Area BasedApproach.The effects of worst forms of child labour, including exploitative child domesticwork are broad but generally range from: physical, psychological, emotionaleffects, socio-economic impacts such as disruption of government development2
  • 3. programmes like: UPE and USE, and others, that prioritise reduction of illiteracylevels, poverty eradication and minimization of generic vulnerability of children.The types of worst forms of child labour that are widespread are, but not limitedto the following: commercial and sexual exploitation of children, exposure instone quarries and sand mines, farms, agricultural plantations, engagement inheavy domestic chores and hired work with miniscule wage structures, fishing,construction, manufacturing, armed conflict as well as situations of childtrafficking and smuggling.The GoU has so far registered the following milestones and “monuments” in thedimension of mitigation and eradication of worst forms of child labour:implementation of a total of 13 programmes and projects from 1999-2013 thathave seen the removal and prevention of a total of 54,419 children from worstforms of child labour episodes; ratification of international legal instrumentation,that is a total of 30 Conventions of the ILO, Roadmaps, Declarations, Protocols,Plans of Actions, Global Plans of Action, Charters, inter alia; domestication ofthese via the enactment of national legal regimes for instance the nationalConstitution under article 34 (4) which is on the protection of children from socio-economic exploitation.This Constitutional provision has also been effectuated through a series oflegislative enactments: Employment Act, No. 6 of 2006 specifically under section32 which states that children under the age of 12 years must not be employed inany enterprise; Children Act, 2000 (Cap 59, Laws of Uganda) section 8 whichstates that no child shall be employed or engaged in any activity that might beharmful; Penal Code 120 (amended in 2007) that prohibits sexual and commercialexploitation of children; the OSH Act, No. 9 of 2006 among others.Besides these, is a raft of policy enunciations, notably: UPE, (1997); USE, (2008);National Employment Policy, (2011); National Child Policy, (2006); that equallyprioritize stamping out the malady of worst forms of child labour pursuant to theaspirations of Vision 20140 and the National Development Plan, (2010/2011-2014/2015).3
  • 4. However, in spite of these, there have been a series of challenges particularly:weak enforcement of international-national legal regimes, policy and actionblueprints, capacity gaps among action officers in the national machinery taskedwith elimination of worst forms of child labour, dissemination gaps in respect tothese frameworks that mandate and regulate action among others.This platform is a fundamental road to results and we exhort all our partners toscale up effort in this noble mission.FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRYHon Suleiman Madada KMinister of State for Disability and Elderly also Holding the portfolio forMinister of State for Labour Employment Industrial Relations .10th/6/20134

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