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Child labor and exploitation

Child labor and exploitation is a serious issue in Pakistan, with an estimated 12.5 million children aged
between 5-14 years engaged in child labor, according to a report by the International Labour
Organization (ILO) in 2020. GBF is actively working to combat child labor and exploitation in the country
through various programs and initiatives.
Pakistan has a number of laws in place to prevent child labor, including the Employment of Children Act,
the Bonded Labor System (Abolition) Act, and the Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Act. However,
these laws are not effectively enforced, and many children continue to be exploited for labor.
GBF is working to ensure the effective implementation of these laws and to create awareness about
child labor and exploitation among the public, media, and other key actors. The organization is also
working to create safe and supportive environments for children through education and skill
development programs.
In addition to its advocacy and awareness-raising efforts, GBF has established Child Protection Units
(CPUs) in different districts of Pakistan. These CPUs are responsible for identifying, rescuing, and
rehabilitating child laborers and providing them with education and vocational training opportunities.
GBF is also working to address the root causes of child labor, such as poverty and lack of access to
education. The organization provides financial support to families in need and works to improve access
to education and skill development opportunities for children, particularly in rural areas.
Through its various programs and initiatives, GBF is making significant strides in combating child labor
and exploitation in Pakistan. However, there is still much work to be done to ensure that all children in
the country are able to access their rights and live free from exploitation.