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World Day Against Child Labour 2013

The East Asia and Pacific Regional UN Girls' Education Initiative calls for an end to child labour in domestic work

Jessica Aumann

on 11 June 2013

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Transcript of World Day Against Child Labour 2013

Child Domestic Labour
One of the least visible and most hazardous form of child labour
Low pay and poor working conditions are the norm
Often culturally and socially acceptable
are often not afforded basic rights - such as minimum wages, days off and sick leave
- No to child labour in domestic work
World Day Against Child Labour
This means child domestic workers are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and violence
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Long working hours isolate children from peers and family and interfere with schooling
In 2010, 40% of adult and youth domestic workers were found in Asia yet the region lags behind in guaranteeing basic rights and protections
and due to long working hours child domestic workers who attend school may be late, absent or unable to complete assignments
15.5 million children are employed as domestic workers
over 70% are girls
One of the best ways to end child domestic labour is to promote high quality education - in particular
girls' education
When a girl is educated
she marries later, has fewer, healthier children and is more likely to send her children to school
Educated girls are also more likely to have a better income as adults -
each additional year of education will boost her wages by up to 15%
Too often child domestic workers are unable to attend traditional schooling -
providing flexible, non-formal education opportunities is crucial
Today UNGEI calls for the following actions:
Ratify and implement
relevant ILO Conventions:

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Provide decent work conditions and appropriate protection
to young domestic workers who have reached the minimum age for employment
No. 189
on decent work for domestic workers

This is an important step towards ensuring rights and better protection for young domestic workers of legal working age
No. 182
on the worst forms of child labour

This convention prioritises action to eliminate the worst forms of child labour, which often includes child domestic work
No. 138
on the minimum age for admission to work

This requires countries to set a nationally defined minimum age for employment that should not be less than 15 years (or 14 in exceptional circumstances)
Provide free, compulsory and quality education
for all girls and boys at least to the minimum age
of employment as well as targeted
non-formal and second chance education
Education is often not seen as a realistic or attractive option for girl domestic workers
making school more
girl-friendly is an important step to ending child domestic work
Often socially and culturally acceptable

Often socially and culturally acceptable
Collect and disseminate accurate sex-disaggregated data
on child domestic labour to improve programme planning and implementation
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