Government urged to abolish child labour

Kathmandu, June 6

Various non-governmental organisations, including Children and Women in Social Service and Human Rights are all set to organise several programmes to mark World Day Against Child Labour on June 12.

The organisations will hold programmes aimed at curbing child labour with the slogan “End child labour in supply chains  It’s everyone’s business!”

The NGOs called on the government and other stakeholders to work efficiently towards eradicating child labour from the country in accordance with the new Constitution and commitment made at the International Labour Organisation in 2002.

About 168 million children are working as labourers in agriculture, construction and mining as well as other sectors around the world.

In Nepal, 26 per cent of the total children (aged 5-17) are involved in child labour while 92 per cent of child labourers are working without pay, a statement issued today by CWISH read.

They have also urged the government to implement the Child Labour Act that prohibits children below the age of 15 from working as labourers, rescue those who are working as labourers, ensure their security, and provide them with free education and health facilities.

They also demanded action against those who employ child labour.