Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) yesterday congratulated International Labour Organisation (ILO) for achieving universal ratification on the child labour convention, thus giving all children legal protection against the worst forms of child labour.
In a statement, MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam said, "We are delighted to learn that with the formal deposition of ratification instrument by Kingdom of Tongo on August 4, ILO achieved universal endorsement of child labour convention adopted by all 187 member states. As a front-runner in Bangladesh in making meaningful changes in the lives of children by withdrawing them from all forms of child labour, MJF joins the global celebration of this historic feat of ILO."
"MJF and a number of child rights organisations assisted the Bangladesh government to formulate National Child Labour Elimination Policy in 2010. With the universal ratification now in place, we all must create an atmosphere where child labour is unacceptable. Parents, society, NGOs and the government are duty-bound to work for bringing an end to child labour," she added.
The MJF executive director also regretted that the country has lost an entire generation to modern slavery. "We must not allow losing another generation, therefore, this universal ratification should usher in the time for universal accountability," she added.
Referring to the declaration of International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour by the UN, MJF urged the government for prioritising children in all policies to achieve relevant SDG targets.
MJF also emphasised the need for effective coordination between the government and different non-government organisations, and also among different ministries working on children's issues, to eliminate child labour in the country.