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Partnership Between Morocco’s Government, Civil Society to Fight Child Labor

Partnership Between Morocco’s Government, Civil Society to Fight Child Labor

Saturday, 30 November, 2019 - 06:45
Descartes High School is pictured in Rabat, Morocco January 28, 2019. Reuters

The Moroccan government has signed 19 partnership agreements with civil society organizations to fight child labor and protect women’s rights in the workplace.

“Civil society can exert strong efforts” to fight child labor, and “launch campaigns to improve working conditions for women and empower them,” Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani said on the occasion.

“Civil society associations can play leading roles in fighting all sorts of child labor,” he said, adding that the enforcement of a law on fighting the abuse of child domestic workers would help reduce such employments.

According to Othmani, the current and previous governments have implemented several projects to protect women in the workplace.

“Yet there is still inequality,” he said. “The improvement of working conditions (for women) continues to face obstacles.”

Minister of Labor Mohamed Amakraz called for stronger efforts to fight all sorts of discrimination against child laborers and women in the workplace, and improving working conditions for women.

He also urged for stronger partnerships between the government and civil society.

“There should be a vision and mechanisms to remove children below the age of 15 from the labor force and incorporate them into an educational system,” the minister added.

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