UNICEF and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security call for the incorporation of the rights of children and families in business

Over 100 experts and practitioners meet to discuss ways to address child rights, improve family-friendly policies, and eliminate child labour in Türkiye

23 November 2022

ANKARA, 23 November 2022 - Today, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and UNICEF held a conference on "Guidance and Inspection Strategies for Child Rights and Business Principles”. The event was attended by over 100 participants from government, private sector, civil society, academia, and international organizations. 

At the conference, the results of the Mapping Exercise of Child Labour & Child Rights in Business were presented, and participants discussed ways the public and private sector can together advance the best practices for improving the wellbeing of children and families  

The mapping provided important evidence on adherence to child rights and business principles in different sectors.  It provided a unique perspective from young people, which will be key in shaping future programmes to address issues hindering the child rights and business principles realization in working spaces. As part of this exercise over 2,000 workplaces were visited.   

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security and UNICEF as follow up, will utilize the results of this child labour mapping exercise to develop national models and programmes to eliminate child labour in supply chains, to develop sector-specific action plans with business associations and to improve work-based learning opportunities for adolescents 

In his opening speech, the UNICEF Deputy Representative to Türkiye, Paolo Marchi said: “UNICEF is committed to working with all stakeholders towards the elimination of child labour in Türkiye to ensure we can maximize the positive contributions of business life on children.  

In addition to the ongoing programmes, we plan to start new initiatives in 2023 such as the upcoming joint work with the Ministry of Labour on preparing a new national action plan on fighting child labour. We can - and we must - continue working together to improve the wellbeing of all children and families.” 

Media contacts

Sema Hosta
Chief of Communication
UNICEF in Türkiye
Tel: + 90 312 454 10 10


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