The Center for Social Impact Studies (CeSIS) has trained ten community monitors in the Wassa Amenfi District in the Western Region on forced and child labour in the cocoa and mining sectors.
Drawn from five predominant cocoa and mining communities in the district, the monitors among other things will report on the commitment of cocoa and mining companies to the fight against child and forced labour.
Speaking at the colourful event in Asankrangua, the Executive Director, Mr. Robert Tanti Ali ceased the opportunity to create awareness on the International Labour Organization’s convention against the worst form of child labour and abuses and challenged the monitors to play a key role in eliminating child labour in their respective communities. He also educated the participants on hazardous work, the children’s right act, trafficking, debt bondage, and sexual exploitation and the consequences of child labour to the country.
Ghana is the largest gold producer in Africa, and Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire account for over 60% of global cocoa production. While this gives a major boost to the country’s economy, it has also brought serious challenges, including a rise in forced labour and child labour.
CeSIS is receiving support from the Rain Forest Alliance, an International non-governmental organisation to monitor the commitment of mining and cocoa purchasing companies on child and forced labour in the Wassa Amenfi District. The project is funded by the Norwegian Government through the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) with International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) and Solidaridad as implementing partners.