The rights activists called for the formation of Child Labour Welfare Fund for ensuring the rights of the children engaged in labour.
If it is done, it would protect the rights of large number of child workers, including their rehabilitation and education, they said, calling on all concerned to raise their voice in this regard. The Children Act 2013 and SDGs stipulated for ensuring a better future for children. If the children are not protected, achieving the target of SDGs would not be possible, they said.
They made the remarks addressing an opinion exchange meeting with National Child Labour Welfare Council at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital on Dec 31.
INCIDIN Bangladesh organized the programme under CLIMB project being implemented by Winrock International with support from the US Department of Labour.
Advocate Salma Ali, co-chair of Child Labour Monitoring Committee and human rights lawyer, attended as the chief guest.
AKM Masud Ali, executive director of INCIDIN Bangladesh, Ruhul Amin, deputy secretary of Labour and Employment Ministry, Advocate Delwar Hossain Khan, general secretary of Bangladesh Labour Foundation, among others, spoke at the event.