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The official launch of the Legislative Reform Committee (LRC) of WinRock International CLEAR ll Project in Liberia has taken place in Monrovia. Speaking during the launch, the Internal Project Director for CLEAR II Project Madam Rocio Cordova said that while significant progress has been made globally in the fight against all forms of child labour between 2000 and 2012, the goal that was set to eliminate its worst forms by 2016 was not achieved.

World leaders in 2015 adopted the 2030 sustainable Development Goals, goal 8 aims to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025, end child labour in all its forms.
Director Cordova reminded Liberians that child labour reduction is everyone’s business, and it requires government, civil society, private sector coming together to find sustainable/long-term solutions to reducing child labour.
She acknowledged the level of work done by WinRock and its partners in supporting child labour reduction by developing the capacities to address it, providing children, parents, communities and governments with the tools to pursue alternatives to child labour.
“We are in the country this time to work together with the CLEAR II partners, Lawyers Without Borders on this very important child labour regulations workshop that aims to strengthen Liberia’s legal framework to fighting child labour in line with the National Action Plans (NAP), which we know is a priority for Liberia,” she said.
Also speaking at the occasion Ms. Sara Sara D. Greengrass, Political Officer at the Embassy of the United States noted among the many pressing issues Liberia faces including rebuilding destroyed infrastructures, bolstering the security and justices sector, and creating jobs and strengthening the economy is addressing the problem of child labour.
In Liberia, child labour continues to be a problem in every economic sector, particularly in the informal labour market, she said.
“You can look in the street and see children molding bricks, street hawking, crushing rock, or a multitude of other activities. Moveover, it is particularly troubling that those forcing children into abusive work situations are often close relatives or family members,” the US diplomat said.
“We all know the famous proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child). That proverb sums up the collective approach we must take if we are to end, once and for all, the kinds of harmful working conditions children are placed in. that is where we all come in, by educating parents, by working together to make sure the laws are enforceable and have strong, meaningful penalties, by coming together as a village to bring an end to harmful child labour practices.”
She added that though the children’s Law and the new labour Law lay the legal foundations to protect children, a lack of statistical data on the number of children who are victims of child labour, and the types of labour they are being used in remain major challenges. As does the lack of the regulatory framework to implement and enforce the law, which is the work you are doing is so important, and why the United States is proud to support the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR ll) Project in Liberia, and the work of the Legislative Reform Committee being launched today.
Preforming the launch of the program, Deputy Labour Minister for Administration, Augustine W. Williams said Government remains engaged with all stakeholders, both formal and informal sectors of the economy, to address the challenges posed by this menace.
He said significant progress has been made in the formal sector of our economy to address the issue of child labour. Therefore, every effort and step along the way aimed at addressing this scourge is welcomed and must be commended.
The workshop is organized by the WinRock CLEAR ll Project in collaboration with the National Commission on Child Labour of the Ministry of Labour.
It runs from Tuesday, December 5-7, 2017. CLEAR ll is the Country Level Engagement Assistance to Reduce Child Labour. Working collaboratively with host governments, CLEAR ll provides technical assistance to bring about meaningful reductions in child labour. The project is funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL).

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