Thursday, May 11, 2006

Morocco counts over 600,000 children under 15 in the job market

Recent official statistics show that Morocco counts over 600,000 children under 15 in the job market, that is 11% of the country's 5.5 million children.

The Moroccan government has embarked on a national program called "Inqad" to fight employment of little girls as maids and help them better their lives.

The program, which was presented Tuesday, provides for an array of measures and calls for pooling efforts to reach the goals of the ten-year National Action Plan for the Childhood aiming to eradicate the labor of little girls, through opening new vistas for a better future where they can enjoy all their rights, according to authorities.

Inqad, which is presented by the State secretariat in charge of Family, Childhood and the Handicapped, also aims at re-integrating these domestic servants into society.

State secretary for family, children and the handicapped, Yasmina Badou, said Inqad adopts an integrated approach that requires the input of ministries, associations, media and all the parties working in favor of the child’s rights.

She recalled her department’s effort to promulgate an act that governs the work of children, especially in terms of legal age, which will outlaw the labor of children as domestic servants.


Anonymous Property in Morocco said...

What an awful statistic!
11 percent of countries children in the job market. I want to cry, how our world is changing, how our world is going to hell.
I really hope that the program Inqad will change such terrible situation.

3:43 PM, October 29, 2007  

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