Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, São Tomé and Príncipe made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government launched the Girls Empowerment and Quality Education for All project, which aims to provide safe learning spaces, improve school infrastructure, and work with families and communities to empower girls with relevant life skills. The program also aims to increase school readiness for both boys and girls by substantially boosting education, in particular within the areas of literacy and numeracy. The government also created the Department of Child Protection, which is housed under the Directorate of Social Protection and Solidarity. The new department leads a multi-sector team focused on combating child labor. However, children in São Tomé and Príncipe are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation. Children also perform dangerous tasks in agriculture. The Labor Code permits children younger than age 14 to work under certain circumstances, which is not consistent with international standards. Lastly, limited financial resources hampered law enforcement efforts, and criminal law enforcement did not take actions to combat child labor during the reporting period. In addition, the National Action Plan for the Elimination of Child Labor was not implemented due to a lack of financial resources.

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