Conference on Child Labour

MDi Pakistan recently arranged the Conference entitled Activating Media in Combating Worst Forms of Child Labour jointly organized by International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB). This project was sponsored by the Government of Norway via ILO. One of the significant objectives of this project was to create awareness among the universities – both students and faculty about child labour in Pakistan…

ILO Conference on Child LaborMDi was assigned the task of identifying universities in the Rawalpindi / Islamabad region and engaging students of the respective Media and Communications departments to prepare short videos based on their research on child labour. This assignment was termed Media StudentsResearch on Child Labour. Three universities participated in this exercise.Fatima Jinnah Women University, International Islamic University and Allama Iqbal Open University.

Each university was represented by 10-12 media students assisted and supervised by a faculty member / department head. As an outcome of this research exercise, a conference was arranged by MDi in Islamabad on December 15 at the Marriott Hotel entitled Conference on Media Students Research on Child Labour. The students’ researched videos were screened at the conference and the three best video submissions were awarded for their efforts.

ILO Conference on Child Labor The panel of esteemed guests at the event included:

-Mr. Terje Barstad, Charge D’Affaires, the Royal Norwegian Embassy
-Mr. Muhammad Azam, Director General, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
-Mr. Mustafain Kazmi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Manpower
-Mr. Shahid Nadeem, Deputy Managing Director,Pakistan Television Corporation
-Mr. Donglin Li, Country Director for ILO
-Mr. Saifullah Chaudhry, Senior Programme Officer, ILO