Launch of Badge against Child Domestic Labor

Pakistan Girl Guides Association NHQ launched a Badge against Child Domestic Labor in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO) on 25th August 2022.

Ms. Zeb Jaffar Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training was the Chief Guest. Mr. Markus Ruck, Country Head of the International Labor Organization (ILO) was the Guest of Honor.

Mrs. Maria Maud Sabri, National Commissioner Pakistan Girl Guides Association welcomed the guests and briefed them about the objectives of the badge.

She informed that the badge will raise awareness about child rights, concepts of labor, child work, hazardous work for children, and forms of child labor. During the badge activities, Guides will carry out awareness campaigns in educational institutions and communities and try to persuade employers for more humane treatment. Guides will try to Strengthen girls involved in child labor by teaching them how to ensure personal security and workplace security through the “Each one Teach one” method of Guiding. They will also disseminate information about existing child protection systems, social protection, and welfare programs

The initial target of the badge is to involve 5000 Guides in these activities and the beneficiaries of the project will be 16,400.

A video message from the Chief Guide of Pakistan Girl Guides Association Begum Samina Arif Alvi, Wife of the President of Pakistan was played during the ceremony. She expected that Girl Guides will disseminate the message of the badge to their peers and community as well.

Mr. Markus Ruck, Country Head of the International Labor Organization (ILO) shared the situation of Child Labor in the world and Pakistan in particular. He hoped that the launch of the badge by Girl Guides will be a step further toward the elimination of Child labor.

While addressing the ceremony, Ms. Zeb Jaffar Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training appreciated the badge curriculum launched by Pakistan Girl Guides Association.

She believed that these types of endeavors, no matter how small, makes a positive effect on society.  She said that Child Labour in domestic work is not only an issue in Pakistan, but it is present in many third-world countries. Initiating efforts to curb this issue is highly commendable.

She hoped that this effort by Pakistan Girl Guides Association and ILO will make the future of our Children Safe and they will become a very useful part of our society.

Earlier a 2-day training of Trainers was held for 39 trainers of Pakistan Girl Guides Association who came from all over the country. Trainers practically experienced the activities of the badge and learned about the situation of child domestic labor in Pakistan.