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World Day Against Child Labor

First Lady Dominique Ouattara Sponsors Commemoration
World Day Against Child Labor
World Day Against Child Labor

In Africa, nearly 59 million children are forced to work. A situation which results from armed crises and poverty, and which seriously jeopardizes the well-being and future of children on the continent. This alarming observation was made on Tuesday, July 11st, 2017, during the ceremony for the commemoration of the World Day against Child Labor, at the CRRAE-UMOA Complex in the Plateau. The 2017 Edition of the World Day against Child Labor was held under the theme "In conflict and Disaster, Let’s Protect Children From Work". It was placed under the patronage of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire and Chairperson of the National Oversight Committee for Actions to Combat Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labor (CNS). It also recorded the participation of Mr. Jean-Claude Kouassi, Minister of Employment and Social Protection who is also President of the Inter-ministerial Committee to Combat Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labor (CIM), Mrs. Mariatou Koné, Minister of Solidarity, Women and Child Welfare, and Vice-President of the CIM, as well as many other personalities involved in the fight against child labor.

For her part, Mrs Dominique Ouattara, President of the CNS took advantage of the framework of this commemoration to take stock of the remedial actions of the phenomenon. According to Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, the theme of this day undoubtedly calls for the reflection of anticipated solutions to protect children in the event of conflicts or disasters. Thus, for the wife of the Head of State, it is important to pool efforts and actions to fight to eradicate the phenomenon of Child Labor. "I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks for your commitment on our side in the fight against child labor. Without your involvement, it would not be possible to create an environment conducive to the full development of our children, for I remain convinced that it is in a common effort and through concerted actions that we will succeed in eradicating this phenomenon from our country and protect future generations, "she argued.

 In this vein, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara expressed a satisfaction for the work carried out as part of the remediation of the phenomenon. However, she believed that much remained to be done to address the issue of child labor. "We have come a long way in Côte d’Ivoire has certainly been traveled in Côte d'Ivoire, but much remains to be done to protect our children effectively. Today's findings offer us the opportunity to explore new avenues of solution and intensify our actions for the well-being of our children, "advised Mrs. Dominique Ouattara.

A conference of First Ladies of West Africa on combating cross-border trafficking.

Mrs. Dominique Ouattara has also made proposals for solutions for the well-being of children in the conflictual or disastrous event. According to Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, raising awareness and educating people about the rights and the protection of children in peacetime is essential so that these protection mechanisms will become systematic in the event of conflict or disaster. Continuing, she advocated strengthening the training of all actors involved in solving the phenomenon. In addition, the creation of reception centers will contribute, according to Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, to improve the offer of care service for children in emergency situations. Closing, the Chair of the CNS advocated the strengthening of sub-regional cooperation. In this regard, she revealed the organization of a Conference of First Ladies of West Africa on the fight against cross-border trafficking in October.

Mr. Jean-Claude Kouassi, Minister of Employment and Social Protection and President of the CIM, welcomed the involvement of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara in the fight against this phenomenon. According to him, the speeches of the wife of the Head of State to the International Labor Organization (ILO) made it possible not only to revise the list of hazardous work prohibited to children but also for the first time, the country with a list of light work authorized for children aged between 13 and 16 years. Mr. Jean-Claude Kouassi said the ILO's choice of the theme of the World Day was an invitation to be aware of the disastrous impact of conflict and disasters on children and the need to consider corrective measures to be taken successfully. To do so, he stressed, Côte d'Ivoire under the leadership of the President Alassane Ouattara has included actions to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in global sustainable human development programs. Miss Lath Akaffou Esther, President of the Children's Parliament, thanked Mrs. Dominique Ouattara for her efforts to improve the living conditions of children. Mr. Dramane Haïdara, Country Director of the International Labor Office (ILO) sounded the alarm. He called on the authorities to be vigilant in order to avoid crises in order to take better care for the well-being of children. The Mayor of the Plateau, Mr. Noël Akossi Bendjo, welcomed this initiative aimed at improving the living conditions of children. He closed by commending the First Lady for her commitment to the cause of children. A reception cocktail was held at the end of the ceremony for the participants and guests of the day.