ILO trains National stakeholders to tackle trafficking in persons, forced labor

Thursday, December 20, 2018

International Labor Organisation (ILO), with funding from European Union and ECOWAS Commission have trained Gambian stakeholders as part of a crusade to end trafficking in Persons, forced labor and child labor in the country.

Held at Djembeh beach hotel in Kololi, the training was conducted under the Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa project), aimed at enhancing participants’ understanding of the current trends in the areas of trafficking in persons, forced labor, child labor and labor migration.

It also shared best practices in the elimination of the targeted issues and to sensitise participants on the Alliance 8.7 and discuss on how to establish and strengthen its coordination.

Agatha Kolawole, ILO/FMM West Africa Project national programme officer said the training is a step down of the blended training programme implemented by ILO under the FMM West Africa project in partnership with the ILO-ITC Turin in 2015 and 2016. “The blended training programme which consisted of an online course and a face to face workshop was to enhance NFPs ability to deliver national level trainings targeting multiple stakeholders in the ECOWAS region,” she said.

She further stated that The Gambia is being supported by the project to conduct the step down training based on the country’s request sent to the ILO Abuja Office.

She urged the participants to make good use of the training, to reduce if not eliminate the rate of child labor, forced labor and trafficking in persons in The Gambia.

Author: Fatou B. Cham