Washington DC, 13 June 2022 (TDI): The US Department of State shared a message on the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labor.

In 2002, the International Labor Organization (ILO) established the World Day Against Child Labor to draw attention to the global scope of child labor and the actions and efforts required to end it.

Every year on June 12th, governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, and millions of individuals from all over the world come together to highlight the situation of child laborers and what can be done to aid them.

A renewed worldwide commitment to eliminate child labor is included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were endorsed by world leaders in 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals’ objective 8.7 specifically calls on the global community.

They are taking immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery, and secure the prohibition including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms.

Child Labor

Around 218 million youngsters work around the world now, many of them full-time. They do not attend school and have little or no free time. Many people are malnourished and uncared for. They are denied the opportunity to grow up.

More than half of them have been exposed to the most heinous forms of child labor, including working in dangerous surroundings, slavery, or other forms of forced labor, illegal activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, and participation in armed combat.

Participation in work by children or adolescents that does not harm their health or development or interfere with their education is typically considered a positive thing.

Child labor is work done to a child’s detriment and endangering them in violation of international and national laws. It either denies youngsters the opportunity to attend a school or forces them to shoulder the twin burden of school and a job.

A subset of children in employment is targeted for elimination. It contains the following items:

• All “unconditional” types of child labor, including slavery or practices that are akin to slavery, as well as the employment of a child for prostitution or other illegal activities.

• Job performed by minors who are under the legal age for that type of work, as determined by national law.

Labor Standards

The eradication of child labor was one of the key goals set for the International Labor Organization (ILO) when it was founded in 1919.

The development and supervision of labor standards that incorporate the concept of minimum age for entrance to employment or work have historically been the ILO’s primary tool in pursuing the objective of successful abolition of child labor.

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