Night Hawking and Domestic Child Workers Program. (NDCWP):
According to the International program on the elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) report, Uganda has 2.7 million child labourers. Out of these, are child domestic servants in homes with 69% of child domestic servants being young girls.
Domestic workers mainly in urban areas are recruited from two main sources;
- Rural areas.
- Urban recruitment agencies.
Hence, to stem the employment of children as domestic workers, CCR has employed a double prolonged approach;
- CCR has petitioned and continues to engage the ministry of Gender, labour and social development through its Directorate of Employment services to establish a regulatory framework that closely supervises the activities of these urban recruitment agencies. This is important in order to close down illegal agencies and closely monitor the legal agencies. We have also proposed that the Ministry issues stringent guidelines, levy fines and design standard bio-data forms for licenced agencies so as to make it hard to recruit under age domestic workers.
- CCR is in advanced plans of rolling out campaign posters and leveraging the mushrooming FM radio stations and other channels of communication like text messages on mobile phones in rural areas to sensitise people in rural areas about the dangers of allowing their children to go to urban centres as domestic workers where most times they miss going to schools, are exploited, poorly paid, sexually exploited etc.
- We also report cases that come to our CHILDVOICE desk of households that employ children as domestic workers without affording them a decent salary and an opportunity to attend schools as the law mandates.
Night hawking is another form of child abuse that has gradually blossomed in many urban areas especially Kampala. It’s common today to meet children hawking mainly food stuffs in baskets like sweet bananas, maize, and yams among others late in the night on roads during rush hours, at music concerts and near bars. This is not only dangerous for these children but it represents one of the worst forms of child labour as enshrined in Article 3 of ILO Convention NO.182.
At CCR, we are currently tracking and documenting cases of these night hawking children to ascertain the numbers, their homes and parents. This data is important so that we can partner with the relevant state organs, departments and the civil society organisations to arrest this ugly phenomenon before it mutates into a national crisis