World Day against Child Labour is celebrated every year on 12th June around the world.

The International Labour Organization (ILO), the US body that regulates the world of work, launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 in order to bring attention and join efforts to fight against child labour. This day brings together governments, local authorities, civil society & international, workers and employers organizations to point out the child labour problem and define the guidelines to help child labourers.

Child Labour is a menace that the always-evolving world still has to deal with. In several countries, factories and companies employ young children to carry out manual labour can be deemed harmful at times. 

To tackle it, many governments come together in order to come up with a strategy to do so. June 12 is also celebrated as World Day Against Child Labour when this is done as well as awareness is raised regarding the detrimental consequences of the same. 

According to the ILO, child labour ‘reinforces intergenerational poverty, threatens the national economy and undercuts rights guaranteed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child’.

The Significance of the World Day Against Child Labour is to pay attention to the problem of child labour and to find ways to eradicate it. The day is used to spread awareness about the harmful mental and physical problems faced by children forced into child labour, all over the world.

As the world is slowly and steadily heading towards the new normal, everyone should gear up to try and eradicate child labour. These young children do not deserve to toil in harsh conditions that can pose a threat to their lives at such a tender age.

Therefore, today’s significance is all the more important to raise awareness and voice against this, as well as should be a wake-up call for governments across the world. 

According to ILO’s data, hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are involved in work that deprives them of receiving an adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating this way their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour. These worst forms of child labour include work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.

This year, the theme is ‘Act Now: End Child Labour.’ Owing to the global pandemic, there has been an unfortunate increase in child labour across the world. Due to employment woes, the progress that was brought about in the pre-COVID years has now been reversed and stalled. Therefore, the onus is on those in power to end it and give these children a bright future to look forward to. 

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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