Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Ethiopia

Cattle
Cattle
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Gold
Gold
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Khat (Stimulant Plant)
Khat (Stimulant Plant)
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Textiles (Hand-Woven)
Textiles (Hand-Woven)
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Ethiopia
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2019, Ethiopia made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government issued a new Labor Proclamation, raising the minimum age for work from 14 to 15 years, and approved the Organizations of Civil Societies Proclamation, replacing a 2009 law that limited the operations of organizations working on child and forced labor issues in Ethiopia. With external support, the government also launched the Effective Approaches in Ending the Worst Forms of Child Labor program to test and measure innovative approaches to address the worst forms of child labor. However, children in Ethiopia continue to engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced labor in domestic work and commercial sexual exploitation. The law in Ethiopia does not include free basic education or a compulsory age for education, leaving children vulnerable to the worst forms of child labor. Social programs to combat child labor have also not sufficiently targeted sectors with high incidences of child labor.

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