She also referred to the ILO Basic Convention No. 138 of 1973 on the Minimum Age for Admission to Employment, which was ratified by the UAE in June 1993. Similarly, the ILO Convention, No. 182 of 1999 on the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor was ratified by the UAE in 1999.
Within this huge legacy of our wise leadership in the field of childcare, remarked Shuhail, comes UAE accession to the Protocol to Prevent and Suppress Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. She further noted that UAE is among the first Arab countries to enact anti-human trafficking laws in 2006, besides establishing Ewaa shelters for accommodation and rehabilitation of human trafficking victims. In the field of regional conventions, stated Shuhail, the UAE has ratified the Arab Labor Organization Convention No. 18 of 1996 on the Employment of Minors, believing the child’s right to protection from economic exploitation and need for special care. Regarding legislation, too, the UAE issued the Children’s Rights (Wadeema’s) Law, in 2016, which ? Shuhail asserted ? indicates that the UAE’s establishment of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood is a crystal clear example of the country’s keenness to maintain care for children.