World Day against Child Labour 2018 observed globally

The World Day against Child Labour was observed across the world on June 12, 2018, with an aim to raise awareness against child labor. The theme of World Day against Child Labour 2018 was ‘Generation Safe & Healthy’. There are 541 million young workers (15-24 years old) globally. They account for more than 15 percent of the world’s labor force and suffer up to a 40 percent higher rate of non-fatal occupational injuries. Over 73 million children are in hazardous work and almost half of the 152 million children aged 5 to 17 are still into child labor.

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  • There are 541 million young workers (15-24 years old) globally.
  • They account for more than 15 percent of the world’s labor force.
  • Over 73 million children are in hazardous work and almost half of the 152 million children aged 5 to 17 are still into child labor.
  • These children are toiling in mines and fields, factories and homes, exposed to pesticides and other toxic substances, carrying heavy loads or working long hours.
  • Many suffer lifelong physical and psychological consequences.
  • The Minimum Age Convention, 1973 and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999, no child under the age of 18 should perform hazardous work.
  • Child labor is mentally and physically dangerous and harmful to children.
  • It is socially and morally demeaning, interferes with their schooling by depriving them of the opportunity to attend school
    requires them to do extremely long and heavy work.

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Child labor is especially rampant in many developing countries – but even in industrialized nations, many children are forced to work. According to UNICEF, children in the United States “are employed in agriculture, a high proportion of them from immigrant or ethnic-minority families.” There have also been a number of incidents of westerns companies exploiting child laborers in developing countries to save production costs.

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