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Monday, March 15 • 11:00 - 12:30
Way Forward in the Regional Response for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour

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Side event organized externally by ECPAT International

Brief description of the session
The session will spotlight key findings from the regional analysis covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It will discuss specific recommendations for governments and business on how to harmonise and improve legal and policy frameworks to address the worst forms of child labour more effectively.

Key objectives of the session
  • Present a regional snapshot that reflects good practices as well as legal and policy gaps that need to be addressed by governments and business.
  • Discuss the way forward on how to harmonise and enforce legal and policy frameworks, and what actions to take to better protect children in South Asia.

Key questions

  • How children are falling victims to worst forms of child labour through gaps in national legal and policy frameworks in the region?
  • Considering the presented regional snapshot and cases, which areas are the most urgent to address to close the gaps in national legal and policy frameworks?
  • What are key steps for the way forward to advance these changes?

Background to the discussion
Cooperation is key in the elimination of worst forms of child labour that include trafficking and extraterritorial sexual exploitation of children, both online and offline. Across the region, there is an urgent need to harmonise and enforce legal and policy frameworks to effectively prevent these crimes. Child sex offenders that increasingly transitioned their offending to an online environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, are likely to follow it up with direct sexual abuse of the same victims, when travel restrictions are eased. Considering that the vulnerabilities of children have been exacerbated by the pandemic, and the new ones are emerging, governments and business need to step-up measures aimed at the elimination of worst forms of child labour.

Additional background documents:
The country analysis for South Asia based on the 24-points legal checklist reflecting legal and policy frameworks that need to be in place, and enforced to address all forms of sexual exploitation of children with its online elements more effectively.


Gabriela Kuhn

Head of Programme, ECPAT International


Sumnima Tuladhar

Executive Director, CWIN, Nepal

Rinchen Chophel

Director General, South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC), SAARC Apex Body
Dr. Rinchen Chophel is the Director General of SAIEVAC, and a member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. He is an expert on Gender, Human Rights and a key Champion of Ending Violence Against Children, nationally, regionally and globally. He supports multitude of agencies... Read More →

Insaf Nizam

Specialist, ILO’s South Asia sub-Regional Office in New Delhi
Mr. Insaf Nizam is the Specialist at ILO’s South Asia sub-Regional Office in New Delhi. He works on the elimination of child labour, forced labour, discrimination at work, and promoting freedom of association and collective bargaining. Insaf started his career in Education and moved... Read More →
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Damien Brosnan

Manager, The Code
The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism is an multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.

Shrinkhala Thapa

Regional Coordinator, ECPAT International

Monday March 15, 2021 11:00 - 12:30 IST
Room A