Jamaica and Brazil Strengthen Actions to Achieve the First Generation Free of Child Labour

Dec 10, 2023 | News

Both countries participated in a knowledge exchange on labour inspection, data use and social protection for the prevention and eradication of child labour.

Officials from Brazil and Jamaica, two of the founding countries of the Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour, recently gathered in Kingston to exchange best practices in labour inspection, use of data and integration of social protection. Held from 27 November 27 to 1 December, 2023, the event featured the participation of representatives from government, employers’ organizations and workers’ organizations, through the Brazil-ILO South-South Cooperation Programme and the project that supports the Regional Initiative. The exchange was part of the national commitments of both countries to eradicate child labour. The Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr. Minister of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica emphasized that Jamaica must put an end to child labour. “This is a moral choice we make as leaders and citizens to protect our most important asset, our human capital, our children and adolescents.” Jamaica, under the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), has been promoting a focus on its social protection actions based on the areas with the greatest vulnerability identified through the Child Labour Risk Identification Model (MIRTI). “The action developed by Jamaica demonstrates that the use of data in decision making contributes to advancing the achievement of social justice, promoting targeted and efficient interventions for families at risk of child labour,” said Resel Melville, Official at the Regional Initiative and National Project Coordinator at the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean. For several years, Brazil has been implementing a strong and strategic labour inspection programme aimed at improving the detection of improper labour practices and ensuring compliance with current regulations. These actions are in addition to strengthening its social protection policies and programmes, through improvements in the collection and analysis of data on the multi-dimensional well-being of families, children and adolescents. These successful experiences in the prevention and eradication of child labour are noteworthy for their concrete achievements and their potential to be replicated in other contexts. “I would like to highlight the benefits of the exchange for both countries, Brazil and Jamaica, derived from sharing Brazilian good practices implemented by the Secretariat of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour and Employment of Brazil, as well as issues related to occupational safety and health and the promotion of decent work through the fight against child labour and forced labour,” said Her Excellency Elza Moreira Marcelino de Castro, Ambassador of Brazil to Jamaica. During the three-day exchange, more than 40 officials, Jamaican authorities and representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations reflected on labour inspection, the use of data and social protection for the prevention of child labour. These workshops were coordinated through the Technical Secretariat of the Regional Initiative, the ILO Office for Brazil, the ILO Subregional Office for the Caribbean and were carried out thanks to the support of the Brazilian Agency for International Cooperation (ABC), a partner in the Brazil-ILO South-South Cooperation Programme. “The Brazil-ILO South-South Cooperation Programme has supported the creation and expansion of the Regional Initiative for almost 10 years. During this period, strengthening labour inspection in Caribbean countries, especially Jamaica, has been a priority. We recognize the progress achieved so far, the shared benefits of the exchange of experiences between countries and we will continue to work together to achieve sustainable results in favour of social justice and decent work in the region,” said Fernanda Barreto, coordinator of the South-South and Triangular Programme of the ILO Office in Brazil. The Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour is a group of 31 countries working in an articulated and tripartite manner to achieve the first generation free of child labour in the region. Currently, the Regional Initiative is made up of: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela, together with the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA). The Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour operates with the technical assistance of the ILO and the sustained support of its partners, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Andalusian Agency for International Development Cooperation (AACID), the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).

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