Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Namibia

Namibia
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2020, Namibia made moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Namibia ratified International Labor Organization Convention 189, the Domestic Workers Convention, which reaffirms the government's commitment to eliminate child labor in domestic work. The government also expanded its school feeding program to provide take-home food rations for vulnerable households during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, criminal law enforcement officials participated in training on the implementation of the Child Care and Protection Act to strengthen responses to child victims of the worst forms of child labor and other forms of exploitation. However, children in Namibia are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in domestic work and street work. Prevention and elimination of child labor are not integrated into key national policies. In addition, social programs do not address child labor in agriculture and domestic work.

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