Harsh realities of girl child laborers in Bangladesh

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Child laborers

MNA Editorial Desk: The misery of a girl child laborers knows no bound. Though child labor is harmful for both boy and girl without any doubt, the situation is difficult for especially girl child labor.

In Bangladesh it is not possible to ban or remove child labor from this country as the harshly necessity of child labor in our country is unavoidable. As cheap labor is one of the main assets for this country’s development and who else can be chipper than a child here! In most of the garments factories girl child laborers work whole day and night, but in exchange they got a little amount of money, sexual harassment, and gain different kind of diseases.

Also, there are many more heartbreaking stories. However, the problem is if a poor child does not work, his or her family members have to starve which exacerbate the situation and economic condition of that family, so for them the best way is to fulfill this first basic need and go for work, no matter what his or her age is and what type of work it is.

They only know that they have a stomach and it needs food. Therefore, it will be hard to remove child labor from this county, but one thing that we can do in this situation is to fight for suitable works for these children by fulfilling their basic needs especially education

While significant achievements in the fight against child labor continue to be made in Bangladesh, some 1.2 million children are still locked in its worst forms. Child labor in Bangladesh is common, with 4.7 million or 12.6% of children aged 5 to 14 in the work force.

Out of the child laborers involved in the work force, 83% are employed in rural areas and 17% are employed in urban areas. Employment ranges from jobs in the informal sector such as in agriculture and domestic service, to jobs in the formal sector, such as in the garment industry.

Bangladesh has ratified both the Minimum Age Convention (C138) of the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the ILO Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention (C182). In addition, the country also ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

However, Many girl children are forced to work to help support the family. In other cases, children are forced to work for a living for themselves because their families abandoned or could not take care of them. Studies have shown that children from poorer families are more likely to be in the work force due to their contribution to overall family income.