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World Day Against Child Labour

Child labor is a serious violation of children’s rights, robbing them of their youth, education, and possibilities for a brighter future. To address this vital issue, the International Labour Organization (ILO) founded World Day Against Child Labour. It is marked every year on June 12th. This day serves as a global forum for raising awareness and driving action to end child labor in all forms.

The Scope of Child Labour

Child labour remains a widespread problem, affecting millions of children worldwide. Many companies and organizations often engage children in hazardous work. It can cause physical and mental harm, and they are typically deprived of education and a safe environment. The ILO estimates that approximately 152 million children are currently in child labour, with nearly half of them involved in hazardous work.

Child labour
source: ILO

The History and Significance of World Day Against Child Labour

The World Day Against Child Labour was launched by the ILO in 2002. They launched it as part of a broader effort to combat child labour globally. The day aims to bring together governments, employers, workers’ organizations, civil society, and millions of people from around the world. The aim is to highlight the plight of child labourers. Moreover, the aim is also to advocate for policies and practices that can eradicate child labour.

Themes and Campaigns

Each year, the World Day Against Child Labour focuses on a specific theme to address different aspects of the issue. These themes help to guide awareness campaigns and initiatives. For instance, recent themes have included “Protect children from child labour, now more than ever!” and “Act now: end child labour!”

World Day Against Child Labour
source: News18

Global Efforts and Initiatives

There are numerous global initiatives to combat child labour. The ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is one of the largest technical cooperation programs aiming eradicating child labour. It supports countries in implementing policies and programs to prevent child labour, protect children, and provide them with education and training.

Additionally, partnerships between governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been instrumental in driving progress. These partnerships work to create legal frameworks, raise awareness, and provide resources for children and their families to break the cycle of poverty and labour exploitation.

Also, check out about International Worker’s day.

World Day Against Child Labour
source: UNICEF data

How You Can Contribute

Individuals can play a significant role in the fight against child labour. Here are a few ways to contribute:

  1. Raise Awareness: Educate yourself and others about the realities of child labour and share this knowledge within your community.
  2. Support Ethical Brands: Choose products from companies that adhere to ethical labour practices. Make sure you’re not supporting the company which employs children.
  3. Advocate: Support policies and initiatives that aim to eliminate child labour by engaging with local and national representatives.
  4. Donate and Volunteer: Contribute to organizations that work towards the eradication of child labour and offer your time to volunteer in relevant programs.
World Day Against Child Labour
source: Pixabay

Conclusion

The World Day Against Child Labour is a reminder of our collective responsibility to protect the rights and well-being of children. By understanding the severity of child labour and actively participating in efforts to end it, we can create a world where all children have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive without the burden of exploitation. Let us unite on June 12th and beyond to ensure a brighter future for the next generation

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