She learned that many children in that area do not go to school, instead being forced to supplement their parents’ income. Many leave for Dhaka city to work as servants, in factories, or doing other forms of menial labor.
“DCI is determined to address this year’s theme: Warning! Children in hazardous work: End child labor.” said Babita, adding, “DCI has been working to prevent child labor for some time but now we will increase our efforts against child labor, especially its most hazardous forms. We hope to achieve this goal by 2016.”
Babita will be attending DCI’s 3rd Conference on Child Rights and Sight on Sept 10, 2011 at Yale University, USA, where she will deliver the keynote address appealing to the world community to unite against child labor. Following the conference, she will visit several US states and Canada to campaign for child rights and eyesight issues.
In a separate message to BSS (Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha) on the occasion, DCI Executive Director Dr. Ehsan Hoque requested all stakeholders to combine their efforts and create a strong network, ensuring all policies regarding workplace safety are being implemented and laws against hazardous child labor are strictly enforced.