Campaign against child labor begins tomorrow

Campaign against child labor begins tomorrow
Updated 15 November 2014

Campaign against child labor begins tomorrow

Campaign against child labor begins tomorrow

Child labor is one of the biggest issues that human rights organizations deal with, especially in developing countries.
The National Family Safety Program of the National Guard, in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Women’s World Summit Foundation — WWSF Department of Children and Youth — will launch a four-day national campaign to curb child labor under the slogan “red card against child labor.” The campaign will run from Nov. 16 across the Kingdom to highlight child labor as abusive and illegal.
Sarah Siraj Abed, executive director of the National Family Safety Program in the Western Region, said that WWSF annually launched its campaigns in support of women and children from Nov. 1 to Nov, 19 as “19 Days of Activism for prevention of abuse and violence against children and youth.”
Abed said this year the National Family Safety Program plans to join them and launch a four-day campaign in the Kingdom to spread awareness among the community about the negative effects of such a phenomenon. The activist said the goal of the campaign is to stop the exploitation of children, to raise awareness of the offenses that are involved with child labor as it harms their health and their physical development, while creating mental and psychological problems.
The campaign organizers are keen to deliver the message to the public that buying things from vendors who use children to work or the exploitation of minors as laborers contributes to the abuse of children.
“The Convention on Children’s Rights that was adopted in 1989 for the protection of children from economic exploitation stipulates that work is likely to be hazardous or interfere with their education, harm their health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development,” Abed said, adding that the sight of children selling items on the streets in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the world, is still common.
Saudi law supports the reduction of child labor. According to Article 161 of the Saudi Labor Law, it is not permissible to let children work in harmful industries that could affect their health and safety, the children’s right’s activist explained.
Under this campaign, the organizers are planning to launch awareness activities in the Western Region in three governorates. In Jeddah, the campaign will kick-off at Salam Mal on Nov. 17. Activities will also take place in Makkah and Taif. Activities will be held at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences and Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah from Nov. 17 to 18. Activities in Taif will be held on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19.