Though the charged environment in the capital continues to overshadow the real issues, a few events were still organised to highlight cruelty of child labour on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour commemorated on June 12 around the world.
In this connection, a colourful event involving children from capital slums and youth from universities was organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) with the financial assistance of European Union. The Goodwill Ambassador for Orphans and Advisor for South Asian Initiatives to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC) Jahan Ara Wattoo was the chief guest on the occasion.
The event featured lively performance of slum children and speeches of university students on the international theme for this year ‘Human Rights and Social Justice: Let’s End Child Labour’, in addition to speeches of dignitaries from UN system and government representatives.
The innocent children skilfully depicted the sufferings of a child labourer and performed on the famous poem “Lab pay ati hay dua” of Allama Muhammad Iqbal. They let go balloons in the air at the end. Funny situation arrived when a little performer refused to let her balloon go as per instructions despite insistence form her fellow performers.
The speakers of speech contest highlighted the strong and deep-rooted linkages of child labour and poverty. They said that children are the backbone of Pakistan’s bright future. They urged the government to take the real matters more seriously rather than spending all their energies in saving their rule.