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Ministry of Labour launches new child labor policy

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2022. 4:36 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government launched the new Belize National Child Labour Policy and Strategy 2022-2025. 

The Ministry notes that child labor is a complex issue and requires strong partnerships, social dialogue, and collaboration.

The new policy seeks to reduce its incidence by eliminating the worst forms by 2025.

“The new policy makes several new commitments especially as it relates to removing all ambiguities in the Labour Act as to what constitutes child labor, harmonizing the definition of a child across legislations, establishing clear inter-agency communication and data sharing protocols in child labor cases, and fostering within the private sector the development of socially responsible code of ethics that protects children from sexual abuse and exploitation,” the Ministry noted.

Last year, the Belize Cabinet approved the development of the policy and since then, the Child Labour Committee of the Labour Department has been working with several partners to craft the new policy.

After a series of consultations and workshops with stakeholders across Belize, the policy was developed and funded by the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, and the Government of Belize.

The Ministry thanked the staff at the Labour Department and the members of the National Child Labour Committee who worked tirelessly to develop the policy.

A digital copy of the policy can be found online at https://www.ruraltransformation.gov.bz/the-ministry/labour/resources/labour-laws/.


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