On 20 May 2022 at 09:00, the online discussion ‘(Re)Introducing Sexual Exploitation of Children (SEC) as one of the worst forms of Child Labour’ will be held parallel to the ILO Global Conference on Child Labour in Durban, South Africa. The webinar is organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Terre des Hommes Netherlands, in order to push for the adoption of a resolution calling for focusing on sexual exploitation of children (SEC) as one of the worst forms of child labour (WFCL). Central are the voices of ‘experts by experience', young people who have dealt with the trauma of sexual exploitation (in)directly and are empowered to act as youth advocates. They will provide their ideas and advice on how laws should be implemented and which changes are needed.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child proclaims children’s right to be protected from any form of exploitation including sexual exploitation. The ILO Convention 182 follows the footsteps of the UN CRC and declares sexual exploitation of children (SEC) as one of the worst forms of child labour (WFCL). However, in child labour discussions, the focus is mostly on labour exploitation, while the worst forms like SEC are missing.
Goal: adoption of a resolution that will develop and facilitate discussion to allow for the adoption of targeted and sustainable interventions to combat SEC
This webinar is strategically held as an unofficial side-event during the ILO Conference in Durban to highlight the impact of the exclusion of SEC as a WFCL in child labour discussions in the international sphere. The School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Terre des Hommes Netherlands seek to push for the adoption of a resolution that will call for attention to be given to SEC as WFCL with focus for the adoption of targeted and sustainable interventions to combat SEC.
The webinar provides a multicultural and multidisciplinary platform for participants to share their thoughts about the gaps in the ILO Conventions and domestic legal frameworks as state responses to SEC and the implementation on the ground in the three countries (India, Kenya, Philippines) with a strong message to bring SEC more firmly onto the agenda.
For diverse audiences dealing with child labour and SEC
The discussion is open to a broad audience, academics, CSOs, duty bearers, government authorities, international and global organisations and business will focus on the link between global legal frameworks concerning elimination of child labour and SEC and how these rules are implemented at national level and thus in real life of children.
FRIDAY 20 May, time 09.00 - 11.00 (CET), via ZOOM (see link below to confirm attendance)