Geneva Event to Focus on Hazardous Child Labour

Geneva Event to Focus on Hazardous Child Labour. Photo: ILO
Geneva Event to Focus on Hazardous Child Labour. Photo: ILO

The ILO and the Global March Against Child Labour (Global March) will be holding a joint event during the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva to mark the World Day Against Child Labour and the 20th anniversary of the Global March.

A panel discussion, focusing on hazardous child labour and moderated by BBC journalist, Nomia Iqbal, will take place at 13:00 on 4 June 2018 at the Palais des Nations (Room XVII).

Introductory remarks will be made by the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi.

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This will be followed by a discussion involving the following panelists:

  • Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
  • Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate, founder of the Global March against Child Labour
  • Nazrene Mannie, Board Member, Business Unity South Africa (BASU)
  • Sue Longley, General Secretary of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF)
  • Miriam Kamissoko, SafeYouth@Work Champion, National Social Security Fund Official (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Zulema Lopez, Child Rights Activist, Labour Relations student (United States)
  • Basu Rai, Child Rights Activist, former Global Marcher and formerly in child labour (Nepal)

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Closing remarks will be made by former ILO Executive Director, Kari Tapiola, about the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its links with child labour.

Young children forced by parents to sell eatables outside a school building in New Delhi, India. Click the photo to know the details.
Young children forced by parents to sell eatables outside a school building in New Delhi, India. Click the photo to know the details.

On the evening of 4 June, the Global March will host an advance screening at the ILO Cinema of the documentary film “KAILASH”, winner of the Sundance film festival grand jury prize.

The film tells the story of children in child labour and the struggle to assure their rights. The screening will start at 18:00 followed by a Q&A session.

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