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Type of document: News
Topic: Policy and Planning
Geographic descriptors: World-wide
Language: English
Source: www.addistribune.com/Archives/2003/06/13-06-03/World.htm
Date of publication: 04 October 2005
Long Abstract: People worldwide joined children yesterday to mark the second World Day Against Child Labour. The ILO established the World Day to highlight global efforts against child labour. This year’s event focused on the trafficking of children.

In Ethiopia the ILO Sub-Regional Office-Addis Ababa, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was marking the Day by promoting awareness of the Worst Forms of Child Labour - child trafficking, using different mass media channels.

The ILO estimates that there are nearly 250 million child labourers worldwide, three-quarters of who are trapped in the worst forms – conditions that are hazardous or otherwise damaging to their development and well-being. About 1.2 million of them are compelled through trafficking into various forms of unwanted work, ranging from hazardous or forced labour to prostitution.

In Ethiopia, the National Child Labour Survey indicates that about 7.5 million children under the age of 15 are engaged in productive activities, which excludes helping with household chores. These children work on average 34 hours per week and two-thirds of them do not go to school. There is also evidence of children engaged in prostitution. In a recent interview with ETV, Dr Bulti, Director of the Children’s, Youth and Family Welfare Department of MOLSA, recognised the fact that Ethiopia was facing both an internal (from rural to urban areas) and external (cross border) child trafficking problem.

In an effort to address the problem, the Ethiopian Government recently ratified ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, thereby committing itself to take immediate and effective measures to secure prohibition and elimination of extreme forms of child labour including the trafficking of children.

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