The first national child labour survey was conducted by the Central Statistical Agency (CSA). The second one took place in 2015.
Ethiopia ratified the African Charter on the Rights and Wefare of the Child.
Ethiopia ratifies the ILO Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182)
Ethiopia ratifies the Palermo Protocol on Trafficking in Persons. The country commits to taking measures against transnational organized crime.
The new Labour Proclamation No.1156/2019 increased the minimum age for admission to employment of young children from 14 to 15 years, prohibiting to employ a person less than 15 years of age
On May 19th, 2020 the 7th Alliance 8.7 Global Coordinating Group Meeting was virtually held and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Dr. Ergogie Tesfaye mentioned that Ethiopia is prepared to reassess the existing National plan of action for the eliminations and eradication of the worst form of child labour and also the action plan for anti-human trafficking.
Human trafficking: establishment of an inter-regional joint forum on migration, strengthen the legal system and law enforcement, job creation and innovation and empowerment of the country’s economic development, provide information about legal and illegal migration, as well as about the destination country, shorten the bureaucracy for regular migration, and data and information accessibility.
Child labour and forced labour: institutionalization of these issues and their inclusion into Ten years Perspective Plan/Roadmap as cross cutting issues, enforcement of policies, conventions and laws and initiate the implementation of the National Action Plan on Child Labour in depth, increase research, awareness raising and capacity building, and encourage and ensure business free of child labour and forced labour
“Ethiopia’s response to this call to action is loud and clear. We share the ambitious vision of Alliance 8.7 and we welcome the unique opportunity to be a leading member of this inclusive global partnership, and to set an example that will inspire similar efforts across Africa and around the world.”
Dr. Ergogie Tesfaye, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia