President Arif Alvi labels child labor a growing ‘curse’ in the world
He added that Pakistan is also a victim of this growing phenomenon.
President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi has reaffirmed that the country is committed to its efforts to eradicate child labor.
In a message for World Day against Child Labour, the president labeled child labor a growing “curse” in the world, especially in developing countries. He added that Pakistan is also a victim of this growing phenomenon.
President Alvi’s message on Child Labor
President Alvi cited Article 11(3) of the Constitution, which states that no child under the age of fourteen should engage in the factory, mine, or any other hazardous employment. But, the implementation of these laws should be rigid and rightfully carried out.
Child labor deprives children of receiving education, and health facilities. Such practices expose children to harmful work environments and take away their right to life and liberty. It is not only physically but also mentally harmful for a child, as it prevents them from going to school and compromises their dignity.
The President added that underage labor makes children work long hours in unfriendly circumstances, and have to do heavy work. He added that it subjects them to slavery and separates them from their families.
“The children illegally working in different jobs, in factories, enterprises, agriculture, and homes are deprived of their childhood which they deserve and are subjected to worse working conditions,” he observed.
The president highlighted that every child has the right to education and it is essential that they are provided a safe and secure environment for growth.
“We can do so by strengthening the capacity of the regulators to address the issue of child and bonded labor. The launch of an effective and determined awareness campaign to sensitize the society on the harmful effects of child labor is one important element to fight the menace of child labor,” the president said.
Alvi also emphasized backing federal and provincial authorities to improve on data collection and analysis & promoting inter-agency cooperation. However, sharing knowledge and effective advocacy should also be focused on tackling the problem.
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