WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR


The International Labour Organization launched the first World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of these children. The day, which is observed on June 12th, is intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour.


Children around the world are routinely engaged in paid and unpaid forms of work that are not harmful to them. However, they are classified as child labourers when they are either too young to work, or are involved in hazardous activities that may compromise their physical, mental, social or educational development.


The agriculture sector accounts for 70% of children in child labour.

In the least developed countries, slightly more than one in four children (ages 5 to 17) are engaged in labour that is considered detrimental to their health and development. The number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide – an increase of 8.4 million children in the last four years.


Child labour in rural areas stands at 14%, three times higher than in urban areas.

Africa ranks highest among regions both in the percentage of children in child labour - one-fifth and the absolute number of children in child labour - 72 million. Asia and the Pacific ranks second highest in both these measures - 7% of all children and 62 million in absolute terms are in child labour in this region.


Almost one in ten of all children worldwide are in child labour. While the number of children in child labour has declined by 94 million since 2000, the rate of reduction slowed by two-thirds in recent years.


Ending child labour requires immediate action, accelerated motivation, and collaborative partnerships at all levels - now. Let’s make a difference. Let’s make sure that our post - pandemic world is free from child labour.


Sources: un.org , ilo.org


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