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Government intensifies child, forced labour fight

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By Blessings Mpinganjira:

Minister of Labour Vera Kamtukule has called for intensive sensitisation if Malawi is to win the fight against forced and child labour.

Kamtukule made the remarks in Lilongwe on Wednesday at the start of a two-day workshop of the Malawi Alliance 8.7 Pathfinder Meeting aimed at strategising on ways of enhancing the fight against child and forced labour.

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She called for proper collaboration between government and stakeholders for Malawi to win the fight against the vice, which she said is still on the increase.

“We need to enhance sensitisation on child labour and forced labour to ensure we leave no one behind. Some people are involved in the malpractice unknowingly,” Kamtukule said.

International Labour Organisation Country Director for Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique George Okutho underscored the need to ensure that the legal framework is in place as one way of eradicating child and forced labour.

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On his part, Employers Consultative Association of Malawi Executive Director George Khaki highlighted the need for organisations to work closely with government in ensuring that there is proper coordination in the fight against the malpractice.

In 2018, Malawi signed to be a pathfinder country in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 of eliminating child labour and forced labour.

Pathfinder countries go further and faster to achieve Target 8.7. They accelerate efforts, try new approaches and collaborate with others.

Pathfinder countries commit to develop, adopt and put into practice improved legislation, national action plans or policies on child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and/or human trafficking.

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