Child Rights Governance

Monday 16 June 2014

CHILD BUDGET IN BANGLADESH, Report Launching for 2014

Dhaka, 16 June 2014 –
Save the Children International and the Centre for Services and Information on Disability successfully launched the ‘Child Budget in Bangladesh’ Report on Saturday 14 June 2014, at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka. The Honorable Finance Minister, Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, MP, was the Chief Guest. The event was also attended by Special Guests Mr M. A. Mannan, MP, Honorable State Minister for Finance and Planning, Mr Shawkat Ali Badsha, MP, Member of the Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights and Chariman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and Mr Tariq-Ul-Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs. Also present were Ms Rasheda K. Chowdhury, Executive Director, CAMPE, and Mr Pascal Villeneuve, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh.

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Launching of the Street and Working Children Bank Service in Bangladesh

Ading to the National Child Labour Elimination Policy 2010, any child under 14 is strictly prohibited from engaging in employment, and children under 18 are not permitted to engage in any hazardous work. Unfortunately, 7.4 million children are involved in child labour according to a Bangladesh Bureau of Statistic (BBS) report from 2003, primarily to support their family. Moreover, according to a study commissioned by Save the Children, 25% of family expenditure in these families is covered by the child labourer’s income. However, these children, who often live at their workplace or on the street, are unable to open bank accounts in which to secure their savings because, under Bangladeshi law, children cannot open a bank account without a guardian’s approval. Consequently, children are more likely to spend their income on non-essential items to reduce the chance of their money being stolen or lost, or deposit it in a way that increases the risk of exploitation, such as with their employer.