Panel discussion on young child domestic workers

On 1 June 2011, Anti-Slavery International and the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery in cooperation with Children Unite, the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica and Uruguay to the United Nations organized a panel discussion entitled protecting young domestic workers from abuse and exploitation to raise-awareness about child domestic servitude and to discuss the role of human rights as a means of protecting them.

The event coincided with the 100th International Labour Conference at which a proposed Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers was being discussed.

The event was chaired by H.E.M. Christian Guillermet-Fernandez, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

The panellists included Mr. Hatem Kotrane, Vice-chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Ms. Myrtle Witbooi, Chair of the International Domestic Workers’ Network in South Africa, and five former child domestic workers from Costa Rica, the Philippines and Tanzania.

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