Events

National Consultation on Elimination of Hazardous Child Labour: SDGs and Way Forward
19 April 2016, BRAC INN, Dhaka


National consultation on “Elimination of Hazardous Child Labour: SDGs and Way Forward” held at BRAC INN, Dhaka on 19 April 2016. Md. Mujibul Haque Chunnu, MP, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Labour and Employment, was present as Chief Guest while Dr. Tofail Ahmed, Director-Governance of MJF was present as special Guest. The keynote paper was presented by Dr. Mohammad Nazmuzzaman Bhuian, Associate Professor, Department of Law, University of Dhaka. Mr. Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Chairperson of BSAF and lead of the Ending Child Labour consortium chaired the program.

12 January 2016, Global March Against Child Labour, one of the partners of Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum, organized The Asia Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Children's Rights & SDGs held at New Delhi, India from 12 to 13 January 2016.

A total 33 participants from 11 nations attended the event held at the Secretariat of Global March Against Child labour. Nobel laureate Mr. Kailash Sattyarthi spoke on the occasion as the chief guest and inaugurated the 2 day event. Among others H.E. the Ambassador of the Royal Dutch Embassy in India, the acting Chief of UNICEF in India and high official of UNDP in Delhi spoke on the occasion.
Mr. Abdus Shahid Mahmood, Director of BSAF attended the workshop and spoke about BSAF and its role & strategy in the plenary session.
National Consultation on Child Domestic Labour
07 December, CBCB Centre, Dhaka


07 December 2015, Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) organized a day long national workshop at the CBCB centre, Dhaka to prepare an Intervention Plan (2016-2020) to Combat Child Domestic Labour in Bangladesh.
Different relevant stakeholders including government representative of MoWCA and MoSW, representatives of NGOs and INGOs, Media and leaders of labor organizations have participated the Workshop and given their valuable opinion to produce this intervention plan.
At the end, a closing session was held where the Vice Chair of BSAF Mr. Iqbal Ahmed was the Chief Guest. Other guests attended were Mr. Dilli Bahadur, Honorable Member of Parliament of Nepal and Governing Member of Global March Against Child Labour, Mr. Khairuzaman Kamal, Executive Director, Bangladesh Manabadhiker Sangbadik Forum, Ms. Deepika Mittal, Coordinator, Global March Against Child Labour; and Abdus Shahid Mahmood, Director of BSAF.
Sharing a report on the state of children 2014 and Jan-Jun 2015 09 November 2015, Dhaka Reporters Unity

09 November 2015, Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum organized a roundtable meeting at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity with media to share the Report of State of Child Rights in Bangladesh- 2014 and January – June Abuse report 2015. The program was chaired by BSAF Chairperson Emranul Huq Chowdhury. Fulltime Member of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Kazi Reazul Hoque was present as chief guest. Eminent human rights activist Barrister Sara Hossain, Country Director of Terre des hommes Netherlands Mr Mahmudul Kabir and National Advocacy Coordinator of World Vision Bangladesh Mrs Sabira Sultana Nupur were present as special guest. The report was presented by Abdus Shahid Mahmood, Director, Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum.
10 June 2015, Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF), Terre des Hommes, Netherlands, SOS Children’s Village International and CIRDAP jointly organized a roundtable consultation at CIRDAP Auditorium  titled Child Protection Status in Bangladesh: Importance of Ratification of Optional Protocol-3’ to determine importance, evolution, potential challenges and way forwards to ratify the optional Protocol-3 in Bangladesh. Mrs. Nasima Begum (NDC), honorable Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs attended the program as chief guest. The seminar was chaired by Mr. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Chairperson, BSAF while Mr. Ghulam Ahmed Ishaque, National Director, SOS Children’s Village International in Bangladesh and Dr. Aminul Islam, Honorable Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs were present as special guest in the program. Mr. Iqbal Ahammad, Vice Chairperson, BSAF delivered welcome speech while the Keynote paper was presented by renowned child rights activist Mr. Gawher Nayeem Wahra. Other participants were national and International NGO representative, academicians, civil society representative, media personnel etc.

Training Workshop of CSO’s

“Forcing Civil society Action Against Child Domestic labour to Combat the Gender Disadvantage”

1-2 March, 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Child domestic Lobour is widespread not only in Bangladesh, but also in India.  In this backdrop, Bangladesh Shushu Adhikar Forum and Global March Against Child Labor with the support of Commonwealth Foundation implementing the project entitled “Forcing Civil society Action Against Child Domestic labour to Combat the Gender Disadvantage” from June 1 , 2015 at Reflect Research and Training Center (RRTC), Dhaka. The facilitators of this training workshop was Sreejita Basu from Global March Against Child Labor and and Annad Kumar from Bachpan Bachao Andolon (BBA). A total 35 participants from 32diffrent CSO’s from all over Bangladesh have attended this training workshop.

 
National Seminar: Child Trafficking in Bangladesh: Analyiss of the Status and Possible Way Forward

BSAF organized an advocacy seminar on Child Trafficking in Bangladesh: Analysis of the status and Possible Way forward on 1 June 2014 at the Azimur Rahman Conference Hall of the Daily Star Bhaba with support of Terre des Hommes- Netherlands and World Vision Bangladesh.

Major recommendation:

  • Ensuring effective implementation of Human Trafficking Deterrence and Prevention Act 2012 as well as NPA 2012- 2014. Finding the gaps and make a more effective NPA for the next season.
  • Ensure protection of victim and witness of child trafficking cases.
  • Prevent mutual understanding among victim and accused out of court.
  • Deploy child friendly police officers in every police station.
  • Establish help desk about child trafficking in all police station in the bordering areas.
  • Promoting livelihood opportunities to vulnerable children and adolescents or their parents
  • Conduct in depth research on vulnerability of child trafficking,
  • Produce and maintain authentic database of child trafficking.
  • Create awareness on Child marriage among children and their guardians
  • Strengthen Local Government for preventing child trafficking.
  • Providing health care services including counseling, safe shelter and return to home for rescued victims with confidentiality, legal aid as urgent need of the survivors.
  • Victim of trafficking should be provided of education, life skill training
  • The District monitoring cell regarding human trafficking should function effectively.
  • Awareness  should be created  among community people on the aforesaid issues in disaster prone areas
  • Emphasis on prevention methods when children are in transit by forming anti-trafficking committees at bordering districts
  • Child-friendly shelter home need to be established in bordering districts of source, transit and destination countries
  • Formation of national level monitoring cell for combating child trafficking with coordination of relevant ministries


Book Launching: A Study on Child Abuse and Exploitation in Bangladesh
BSAF launched a study report on Child Abuse and Exploitation in Bangladesh on 30 April 2014 at the conference room of Hotel Abakash. Honorable Justice M. Imman Ali attended the event as Chief Guest while Mr. Kazi Reazul Hoque, full time member of National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh attened the ceremony as special guest. The launching ceremony also particiapated by number of representatives from national and international organizaitons, media personnel, academician etc. Mr. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Chairperson of BSAF, facilitated the event. Honorable Justice Md. Imman Ali in his speech as chief guest said that such an study tells us that we think about children but that is not enough. Visible change has to make for child rights. He also said court has made a lot verdict in favor of rights of the child but NGOs response for their implementation is not praiseworthy. He urged different sector to work for the rights of the child positively.


Ratification of ILO Convention 138: A Step forward to Combat Child Labour in Bangladesh
To protect the children from labour in their early age BSAF long been advocating for ratification of minimum age convention of ILO (C138) and in consequence of it BSAF on 17 April 2014, organized a national seminar on Ratification of ILO Convention 138: A Step forward to Combat Child Labour in Bangladesh at the BIAM foundation Dhaka. Mr. Md. Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Labor and Employment, attended the seminar as chief guest. Mr. Mohammad Nazmujjaman Bhuian, Associate Professor, Department of Law, University of Dhaka, presented the keynote paper. Mr. Emranul Huq Chowdhury, Chairperson of BSAF, cahired the session. The seminar also attended by a good numbers of child rights activiest, human rights activists, representative from national and international NGOs, media personnel, academician etc.

Major Recommendation: Submission memorandum to the concerned ministry for ratification C138 with justification; Produce strong data regarding loses for not ratifying the convention 138 and recommendation 146. The privilege and obligation of C138 should be disseminating widely; To Ratify the ILO Convention 138 and associated Recommendation in order to set an implementable minimum age for the entry into work for all sectors, both formal and informal;To implement the objectives set forth in the Child Labour Elimination Policy, through legal, administrative, social, financial and other measures; To amend the existing laws to clearly prohibit certain works as the WFCL, and especially to protect the children working in the informal sector. (e.g. domestic house-aids); In light of the decision of the High Court Division, to include "domestic workers" under the protections provided by the Labour Act, 2006;To establish separate directorate for children affairs as well as appoint officers at District and Upazila level as per the NPA of NCLEP; Conduct a baseline survey for understanding the child labour situation in Bangladesh as early as possible;To raise awareness among the people about the negative impact of the child labour as enshrined in this paper;To install the National Child Labour Welfare Council effectively to oversee and supervise the child labour situation in Bangladesh;


National Seminar on 'Pronography: Imerging Threat to Children' in the perspective of Optional Protocol-2 to UNCRC
BSAF, as an advocacy initiative, organized a seminar on highlighting the pornography issue of OP-2 in the form of a National Seminar titled PORNOGRAPHY: THE EMERGING THREAT TO CHILDREN at Mahbub Kabir Hall of BIAM Foundation on 26 February 2014. Mr. Abdulla al Mamun, noted child rights activists and Program Coordinator of Manusher Jonno Foundation, throw the key scenario of children's involvement in pornography, causes and conswquence in his key note paper. Mr. Humanyun Kabir, Ex ambassador and Vice president of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute disscussed the issues from the key point of view as a Special Guest. Among other Special Guests were Mr. Mahmudul Kabir, Country Director, Terre des Hommes- Netherlands, Ms. Sida Muna Tasneem, DG, UN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Honorable Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs resourced the seminar as Chief Guest. BSAF Chairperson Mr. Md. Emranul Huq Chowdhury chaired the Seminar. The seminar also attended by a good numbers of child rights activiest, human rights activists, representative from national and international NGOs, media personnel, academician etc.

Major Recommendation: Parents should be encouraged to perform more responsible vigilance both for male and female siblings; To create some role model whom children will follow and refrain from unconstructive thing;Ensure the safe use of this technology. ;Social campaign on children's engagement in constructive cultural events should be initiated.;Missing gap of different laws especially in the pornography act 2012 should be explored;Bangladesh can propose for having a pact against pornography At SAARC region.;Sexual education, impact of pornography should be included in the textbook and discussed by the teachers.;Internet uses should be regulated for the children through a national screening system;Specific guideline should be made for cyber café and other internet providing business to prevent children from using pornography, cyber sex etc.;Government should formulate a guideline for cable TV network. No distributor and their regional agent should be allowed to run own channel without prior permission.;Mass awareness program should be in place to warn the parents about danger of having multimedia mobile set by the children.;Government should control sell of CD, memory card and other printed source of pornography through continuous monitoring by the concerned law enforcing agencies.; Law enforcing agencies should be equipped with technological knowledge as well as cyber law, pornography act and other relevant laws


National seminar on 'Rights of Child Domestic Workers at Risk: Possible way Forward'
BSAF organized a national seminar on 'Rights of Child Domestic Workers at Risk: Possible way Forward' on 30 December 2013 at Mahbub Kabir Hall of BIAM Foundation, Dhaka. The honorable State Minister from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Advocate Promode Mankin, M.P. was present as cheif guest while Mr. Mahmudul Kabir, Country Director of Terre des Hommes - Netherlands was present as special guest. A total of 43 participants from NGOs, INGOs, NGO networks, lawyers, civil society members, and media took part in the seminar. The presentation of keynote paper was followed by an open discussion. The participants put their comments on the paper and forwarded recommendations.

Major Recommendation
Updated database of child domestic workers; Inclusion of child domestic work in the hazardous job list; Compulsory registration and inspection system for child domestic worker; Initiate a mechanism for urban child domestic workers' education; Initiate code of conduct for employers also has to in place; Enact law for domestic child workers; Ensure implementation of National Plan of Action of NCLEP; Allocate allowance for child domestic work; Individual budgetary allocation for children to mitigate this problem; Ward or union based IGA activities by non government and government initiative to protect poor parents' tendency to send their children to the cities for better future; To create awareness for safe environment for domestic child workers through campaign materials.; Ensure mid day meal in school to prevent drop out in the poverty ridden areas ;increase social safety net program for child domestic workers' families


National Seminar on the Implementation of Optional Protocol to UNCRC on the Sale of Children, Child Pornography and Child Prostitution
BSAF organized a National Seminar on Optional Protocol on Sale of Children, Child Pornography and Child Prostituion on 30th June at the Mahboob Kabir Hall of BIAM Foundation. Honorable State Minister of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Ms. Meher Afroze Chumki, MP was present at the seminar as chief guest while Mr. Mahmudul Kabir, Country Director, Terre des Hommes-Netherlands, was present as special guest of honor. The seminar discussed the situation of child pornography, sale of children and child prostitution based on a keynote paper presented by Mr. Abdulla al Mamun, PM, Manusher Jonno Foundation. Different level stakeholders from INGOs, NGOs, media, academician attended the meeting and share their comments on the context of the seminar.

Major Recommendation
Establishment of Interministrial coordination for effective implementation of OPSC; Establishement of separate ministry or directorate and a Child Commission will accelerate implementation of OPSC, UNCRC and other rights of the children; To reduce internal trafficking a mechanism of registration under local government authority in the native place of children and destination can be be introduced and practiced.;; Law enforcing agencies should be equipped with technological knowledge as well as cyber law, pornography act and other relevant laws; liDomestic Work by children should be recognized by law and included in the hazardous job list. Conduct massive awareness building campaign to protect them from sexual and other exploitation; Stop bnded child labor in fish drying ship breaking industry. conduct campaign for creating awareness against bonded child labor as well as advocacy with the government to take action; many children involved with prostitution have valid papers. So conduct consultation with the beneficiary of child prostitution, aware them or bring them under legal action.


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