Social protection against child labour in Myanmar
The world day against child labour was commemorated for the first time in Myanmar on June 12th through events in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay. The government of Myanmar, workers and employers representatives affirmed their commitment to the elimination of child labour and recognized the key role that social protection has to play in addressing the causes of child labour. The ILO supported a number of events and engaged with key Myanmar personalities to launch the red card campaign against child labour.
This event was particularly relevant to the Myanmar context where a national social protection strategy is being elaborated with the support of the ILO through a social protection assessment-based national dialogue (ABND) which will provide recommendations for the progressive creation of a national social protection floor.
"The best way to get rid of child labour is to make it unnecessary for the security of families. That is to say we have to provide families with the economic, social and political security that would make it unnecessary for them to use their children to secure their future. If we want to secure the future of our globe, we have to secure the future of our children and let us start by doing that to putting an end to child labour," said Aung San Suu Kyi. Video of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her message on World Day Against Child Labour.