Target: Nisar Khuhro, Senior Minister in Pakistan’s Sindh province
Goal: Bring an end to domestic child labor and protect the lives of young girls.
Although Pakistan’s Sindh province has recently banned child labor, the new law specifies nothing about children working in the domestic sphere. Children under the age of 14 are not no longer permitted to work in the nation’s factories, fields, and other industries that pose danger to their health and safety. However, they are still allowed to do domestic work, which puts millions of young girls at risk.
Young girls who are forced to work in the home, as cleaners, laundresses, cooks, and maids, are often victims of torture and physical abuse. They make up a large portion of Pakistan’s more than 12.5 million child laborers. These girls should be protected from exploitation, and have the chance to go to school and simply be children.
The Sindh province has taken a momentous step forward by banning child labor in other industries. However, the millions of young girls laboring in the home should not be forgotten. Sign this petition asking a senior minister of Sindh province, who played a pivotal role in achieving the initial child labor ban, to introduce new legislation that would include domestic jobs in its restrictions.
Dear Minister Khuhro,
While I applaud you for introducing and helping to pass a law in Pakistan’s Sindh Province that will ban child labor in factories and fields, I would like to bring to your attention the children not protected by this new law: millions of young girls being forced to work in the home as maids, cooks, laundresses, and more. These young girls are the victims of beatings, torture, and exploitation for cheap labor.
Your recent law is an excellent step forward, and will protect many young people from hazardous work. However, as you may be aware, the law has already received criticism from some women’s rights organizations in Pakistan who were disappointed that domestic work did not qualify as hazardous. I ask that you introduce another law to expand upon this ban — young girls doing domestic work deserve the same protections as other children, to avoid being exploited in the home.
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