The 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour currently underway in Durban until Friday, 20 May 2022, will host a child participation session for the first time in its history.
This is in line with the country’s Constitution and Article 12 of the United Nations on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter of the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
The children’s session at the conference will include an intergenerational dialogue where children and policymakers will discuss solutions to eliminate child labour.
It is expected that in this session, children will be representing all the children of the world where they will share their experiences of child labour and outline their proposals and recommendations for Governments and policymakers.
It is estimated that 164 million children around the world are affected by child labour, 600 000 of whom are in South Africa. The session will be addressed by the CEO of the Humans Rights Commission of South Africa.
The session will be attended by children from the five ILO Regions who will join in physically and virtually. The details are as follows:
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