Secretary Solis joins OCFT grantees for event commemorating upcoming World Day Against Child Labor
The Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) held its 2009 Grantee Workshop from April 20 - 23, 2009 in Washington, D.C. On April 22, Secretary of Labor Solis joined the group for a special session commemorating the upcoming World Day Against Child Labor, "Give Girls a Chance: End Child Labor." In the spirit of that theme, the session highlighted some of the strategies used by USDOL-funded child labor elimination projects to remove girls from exploitive labor and provide them with educational opportunities. Secretary Solis engaged in a discussion with representatives from three grantee organizations implementing projects in the Dominican Republic, Morocco, and Uganda to remove girls from some of the worst forms of child labor such as child domestic service and commercial sexual exploitation. They talked about how the projects have transformed the lives of these girls and how they have worked to raise awareness and build the capacity of national governments to effectively address child labor.
OCFT's 2009 grantees workshop, entitled "A World Without Child Labor: Dream, Design, Deliver" included approximately 100 participants from 31 countries representing 35 USDOL-funded child labor elimination projects. The workshop reviewed OCFT reporting and policy guidelines and created a forum to share practical strategies, ideas, and lessons learned. Topics included innovative strategies for service delivery, performance monitoring, and increasing educational quality and access for children in need.