Delegation of the European Union to Ghana

EU holds Information Session for proposals on combating child labour and trafficking in fisheries sector in Ghana

16/05/2019 - 17:57
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An information session for proposals from civil society focussed on combating child labour and child trafficking in fisheries communities in Ghana has been held in Accra, Wednesday 15 May 2019. These proposals aim at supporting the civil society organisations to work with government agencies, private sector operators and families to help bring an end to the practice of using innocent children to undertake risky operations to catch fish.

Information session on child traficking in Accra

Most of these children are usually transported from their homes and communities to riverside communities for fishing. They are unable to go to school as a result and are often poorly fed and cared for. It is a practice that robs children of their child hood and exposes them to severe risks and harmful conditions, clear violations of their rights.

Ghana was one of the first countries to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and has gone further to enact several pieces of legislation to protect children against harm. The call for proposals will make it possible for joint working by all stakeholders to advocate for the enforcement of these laws.

The session was addressed by Mrs. Maria Luisa Troncoso, Head of the Governance Section, and Mr. Joseph Bogrebon Allan, a Project Manager also at the Governance Section of the Delegation in Accra.

The call, under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), is designed to support civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defence of human rights.

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