Cape Town - At the age of 14, internationally recognised child activist and author Stacey Fru was the face of the regional launch of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour in Africa.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO), African Union (AU) and Alliance 8.7 yesterday launched the initiative. The event provided a platform for African stakeholders to publicly express commitment to implement the Ten Year Action Plan to Eradicate Child Labour, Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (2020-2030).
Stacey said she was nervous at first because this was a big international platform and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“However I gained confidence and excitement through my mother’s support. I am honoured that as an activist who advocates for the safety and security of children I was selected for something that is a big part of what I stand for under the Stacey Fru Foundation.
Her proud mom, Victorine Mbong Shu, said: “I give praise to the AU, the ILO and every other stakeholder that came up with this initiative of bringing back humanity to the child.
“Child labour is a form of dehumanising our children and the Ubuntu spirit says that every child belongs to every adult.”
She said it was important for youth to be given platforms to speak up for other children.
“A child has to lead the revolution for other children to believe that nothing is impossible.
“They will be motivated and realise that they can actually do a lot for humanity without having to sacrifice their childhood or happiness.”