Monday, 13 June 2022 – The Minister of Labour and Immigration the Honourable Keith R. Bell joined the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the observance of World Day Against Child Labour on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. ‘Child labour’ is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.
During his address, Minister Bell joined the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr. Guy Ryder, and other leaders as they pledged to end all forms of child labour.
Minister Bell was also joined by Her Excellency Patricia Hermanns, Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Third Secretary, Ms. Kristie Russell of the Permanent Mission of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas along with Mrs. Yolantha Yallop, Assistant Director of Labour and Ms. Kim Sawyer, Acting Director of Social Services.
The Bahamas took the pledge to end Child Labour in 2017 at the 4th Global Conference on World Day Against Child Labour. At the 5th Global Conference in 2019 with the technical assistance of the ILO and the Caribbean Secretariat, The Bahamas drafted its Child Labour Policy. In 2021 that policy was formally adopted. The Bahamas is presently in the implementation phase, whereby it is focused on legislative reform and greater public awareness. The Bahamas has answered the call to end all forms of child labour by 2025.