World labour day was launched in 2002 by the International Labour Organization and is celebrated on June 12th of every year to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
This day brings a very diverse group of people together. The purpose of this day is to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them, according to the United Nations.
Whose children are they who toil in mines, factories &fields at the cost of their freedom & education? They are all our children. Please don’t accept hospitality where children are working.Why 152 million child laborers when 210 million adults jobless? #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour
— Kailash Satyarthi (@k_satyarthi) June 12, 2019
This year’s theme is: ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields but on dreams’.
On World Day Against Child Labour 2019, the ILO says it is also looking forward towards UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 set by the international community calling for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025.
The ILO has called for immediate action to address the remaining challenges in eliminating child labour. Children are the future of the world. However, when they are forced into labour, their mental and physical growth is impeded.
The child is unable to go to school and is deprived of his/her right to education. This is only one of the many fundamental rights that gets violated when a child is forced to work.
Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that more than 152 million children are engaged in labour today.
Twelve per cent of all children in India are engaged in some form of child labour, according to data released by UNICEF in 2017 and 7 out of 10 of these children are working under agriculture.
However, the reality of the situation is that child labour has its roots deep in the cultural traditions of our country and for poverty-stricken families, that extra income is the only thing between life and death. Therefore, it is important that we raise awareness about this issue and strive to make India a place where child labour is never a necessary evil.
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