Two Nepali child workers to attend UN, Italy meetings

Kathmandu, October 5:

Two child labourers from Nepal are all set to attend two international conferences to be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York and in Italy in October.

The conferences will formulate international plans and policies for children.

Shakti Sharan Nagarkoti, a child labourer from Chobahar, Kirtipur, has been selected as a representative to participate in the five-day interaction programme on ‘Violence against Children’ scheduled to begin from October 8 in New York.

At a press conference organised here today, Nagarkoti said: “I was earlier selected to attend the South Asian Regional-level Meeting on ‘Violence against children in South Asia and Psychological and physical affect of violence on Children’ held in Islamabad between July 22 to 26.”

The South Asian Regional-level Meeting once again selected Nagarkoti among the participants from six countries to represent the programme and launch a study report on ‘Violence against Children’ in New York.

“Children’s opinions and views need to be given space to eliminate child labour, to find out solutions to minimise the exploitations, discourage children in the labour sector and bring out their issues,” Nagarkoti said.

Another child labourer, Parwan Rai, working in a stone quarry has been selected to represent the World Conference of Child Labour to be held in Italy from October 15 to 29.

The South and Central Asian Child Labour Convention held in Kathmandu in August 2005 selected Rai as the representative to voice child workers’ concern in the conference.

Child labourers associated with CONCERN Bal Sahabhagita Manch, an NGO, were selected inthe eleven-member executive committee of the National Convention of Child Labour held in Kathmandu in November 2004.