The Punjab government carried out a survey last year to identify children working at more than 6,000 kilns and promulgated the Punjab Prohibition of Child Labour
at Brick Kilns Ordinance 2016 to curb the child labour
But the organisation said, 'Turning these standards into national laws remains a major challenge, as is ensuring effective monitoring and enforcement of existing child labour
He said significant progress has been achieved and that child labor has been reduced in the last 20 years, but warned that with 152 million children still in child labour
, it is time "to do more and to do it better".
A significant proportion of the 168 million children engaged in child labour
live in areas affected by conflict and disaster.
Trabelsi further pointed out that the phenomenon of child labour
has worsened in recent years.
He also explained that civil society organisations, as well as the workforce and social solidarity ministries, need to raise public awareness by increasing their sense of responsibility towards child labour
Despite many national and international existing laws that prohibit child labour
, the efforts of government, non-government, national and international organizations haven't been very effective.
In some countries, innovative work at ending child labour
is already paying off.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions 138 and 182 describe child labour
as children younger than 12 years working in any economic activity, or children 12-14 years old engaged in more than light work, or children of any age engaged in the worst forms of child labour
- in which they are enslaved, forcibly recruited, prostituted, trafficked, forced into illegal activities or exposed to hazards.
We have to meet the global deadline of ending the worst forms of child labour
by 2016," said Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
A future without child labour
," Geneva, International Labour Organisation.
LAHORE, June 16 -- Punjab Minister for Labour and Human Resource Ashraf Khan Sohna has said that the provincial government is committed to eliminating child labour
from the society, and will ensure strict implementation of the relevant law.