Since November 2000, a special ILO programme has received Dutch
financial support to address hazardous child labour in the urban
informal sector of the city of Dhaka.
The objectives of the ILO time-bound programme for the elimination
of child labour in the urban informal sector are to:
Reduce hazardous child labour in the urban informal sector of
the city of Dhaka through the provision of viable and
sustainable alternatives for the families, and the removal of
20,000 children from work;
Strengthen the capacity of national partners to prevent and
progressively eliminate child labour.
Awareness on a new international human rights instrument, the Worst
Forms of Child Labour Convention - No. 182, is growing in
Bangladesh. This Convention targets such practices as child slavery,
forced labour, trafficking, debt bondage, serfdom, prostitution,
pornography and various forms of hazardous and exploitative work.