World Day against Child Labour: ‘Social Justice for All, End Child Labour!’
Today is World Day Against Child Labour, intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour. Emphasizing the link between social justice and child labour, the slogan for the World Day this year is ‘Social Justice for All, End Child Labour!’
The International Labour Organization launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
Each year on this day, World Day brings together governments, employers and workers’ organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.
Today, throughout the world, around 218 million children work, many full-time. They do not go to school and have little or no time to play. Many do not receive proper nutrition or care. They are denied the chance to be children.
More than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders in 2015 include a renewed global