Role-of-advocacy-against-child-labour.pdf

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armed with very well written reports from evaluators to support its case for easing the capacity constraints. Even so, how can the ILO act to that end if its own staff might be deployed in the wrong places? Effective advocacy requires long-term and short-term thinking. ANPPCAN’s advocacy strategy concentrated in the targeted districts and later realized that child labour was but one of the many problems facing children in the country. Many children were being abused physically, including sexual abuse. Awareness levels were very low and programmes capable to respond to the many cases 23 24 US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2014, p 227.
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CMI REPORT THE ROLE OF ADVOCACY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR 2015: 2 29 were not available. This led ANPPCAN to create a Coalition on Child Rights and Child Protection. This Coalition advocated for improved legislation and the Children Act 2001 was enacted. The Act created a National Council for Children Services. This type of advocacy reflected long-term thinking which yielded positive results. Information and education are major preconditions for advocacy regarding issues that require long- term interventions. The National Coalition on Child Rights and Child Protection created by ANPPCAN went through extensive training by renowned experts in the area of child abuse and exploitation. The Coalition identified eight issues affecting children in the country. Child labour was one of the issues. The members were provided with massive materials, including legislation and conventions on child rights. They were imparted skills on how to undertake advocacy both at national and community levels. The Coalition organized fora at the national level leading to the identification of worst forms of child labour. The Coalition lobbied for free and compulsory education and finally the Coalition ended up creating child protection teams in 44 districts in Kenya. It was able to develop curricula for teachers’ training colleges and police on child abuse issues, including child labour. 8.3 Effective Sharing and Use of Information Provided The advocacy strategy which most CSOs pursued to combat child labour with support from ILO/IPEC and in collaboration with different government departments, helped accomplish much in terms of prevention, direct support of children and legislative and policy framework, as well as the creation of viable structures. However, as demonstrated by evaluation and review reports of ILO/IPEC programmes in Kenya between 2001 and 2009, the evaluators also identified major challenges that needed to be addressed. 25 Unfortunately, this information seemed to have been kept within the ILO domain, as reflected in communications coming from ILO Committee based in Geneva better known as International Labour Committee (ILC). Based on the reports presented to the ILO from Ministry of Labour on the government’s effort to implement Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, this committee in its 101 st
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  • Spring '17
  • Districts of Kenya, Nairobi, Child labour, Ministry of Labour

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