Strict action should be taken against those encouraging child labor

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KUWAIT CITY, April 16: The Kuwait Human Rights Society recently organized seminar which concluded by saying strict measures should be taken against those who encourage child labor, saying some parents profit from the earnings of their young children when in fact they should be in school, reports Al-Qabas daily.

File Photo: A child found working in a mechanic’s shop during the raid

The speakers during the discussion which was held under the title ‘Kuwaiti Charity Organizations and their Extended Support for Childhood’ categorically rejected the exploitation of young children and depriving them of their constitutionally and legally guaranteed rights. The Vice-President of the National Bureau of Human Rights and President of the Kuwait Society for Child Protection, Dr. Siham Al-Fraih, stressed on the need to address the phenomenon of child labor and put an end to the phenomenon of street vendors that endanger the life of the child and expose his personality to various forms of harm and violations and offend Kuwaiti society.

Al-Fraih indicated that there are many parties that help the campaign that has been launched under the title ‘Towards a Safe Childhood’ by providing it with statistics, information and figures on the conditions of these children, whose parents push them to work to earn quick money at the expense of people’s sympathy for them. Al-Fraih called for strengthening the partnership between state agencies and civil society institutions to address this phenomenon in order to save children from this danger to their lives, behavior and personality.

Director of the Rehabilitation and Evaluation Department at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Dr. Nasser Al-Ajmi, praised the charitable pioneering role played by government and private institutions in supporting needy families inside Kuwait, from which children in particular benefit. He pointed out that the support provided is not limited to material support only, but that psychological support and rehabilitation are no less important than material support.

For her part, Director of the Endowment Funds Department at the General Secretariat of Endowments, Maarib Al-Yacoub, pointed to the administration’s role in investing endowments and disbursing its proceeds through projects that it established with an effective community partnership in accordance with legal controls represented in the feeding and clothing project, caring for the disabled, supporting community development, sponsoring orphans and providing health care.

The head of the Kuwaiti Association for Needy Families, Bader Al-Mubarak, explained that the association is the first Kuwaiti association to contribute to the support of needy families inside Kuwait only, and its role is not limited to financial support only, but also provides psychological and social support. Dr. Salman Al-Lafi, the General Supervisor of the ‘Right with the Orphans’ project, which operates under the umbrella of Salsabil Charity Society, spoke about the project’s role in devoting social responsibility, which constitutes comprehensive care for orphans and families who lost their breadwinner in Kuwait through educational, financial, psychological and social care. He announced the sponsorship of 104 orphans and 39 educators.

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