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Working children

23 February 2021

Kishwar Enam, Paediatrician at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, writes that hiring a child for domestic help is common across Pakistan. Many prefer to employ children because they provide cheaper labour, can be controlled and more easily threatened. Yet, every child has the right to live with dignity and in such a way that childhood becomes a period of growth, learning and development. These children can lose their confidence, while also develop feelings of low self-esteem. Consequently, the hindrance in their education also limits the potential of these children for personal and financial growth, thus, perpetuating the cycle of exploitation.