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Rajbhandari to ‘raise bonded labour issue’
Jul 27, 2015-
Rights activist Renu Rajbhandari has vowed to raise the concerns of bonded labours in the country during her tenure at the United Nations Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.
Rajbhandari, who was appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the UN’s voluntary fund, also said that her appointment was both an opportunity as well as challenge for her to create awareness of bonded labour plight and trafficking in Nepal.
“Even though bonded labour is illegal it is still prevalent and those who have been freed are suffering from poverty due to lack of resources. I’ll concentrate on easing their plight,” said Rajbhandari on Monday.
The government had abolished bonded labour in 2002 but a latest report available of ILO says there are approximately 143,000 adults and 30,000 children still subjected to different kinds of forced labour.
The board basically looks after three issues—bonded labour, trafficking and the issues of migrant workers.
Rajbhandari will serve as the executive committee member of the board for the next four and a half years. The board has five members—the president and four executive members.
“Forms of bonded labour has changed but it is still a major problem. Trafficking is still rampant in the country and unsafe migration is a huge challenge. Rest assured, Nepal’s problems will be raised,” added Rajbhandari, who is also the president of Women’s Rehabilitation Centre and advisor to the gender-based violence unit at the office of the Prime Minster.
Various organisations working in the field of women’s rights, especially trafficking, felicitated Rajbhandari on Monday.
Published: 28-07-2015 08:33