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World Day Against Child Labor

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    June 14, 2016
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This year’s World Day Against Child Labor is putting a spotlight on children laboring in supply chains.  Nearly one in every ten children gets up every morning and goes to work. These are children who toil in factories and fields or as domestic workers and sex workers…

A United Nations declaration guarantees the right of children to be free of economic exploitation. But often vague laws or lack of legislation fail to protect the millions of children who are forced to work rather than attend school. And they often work in unsafe and hazardous conditions.

At least 168 million children around the world work, with more than half of them in dangerous conditions, according to the International Labour Organization. Almost 80 million children are working in the Asia-Pacific region. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Turkey. And one in five children in Sub-Saharan Africa has a job. That’s almost 60 million children.

The largest employers of children are in the agriculture business, where sixty percent of child workers- nearly 100 million -children slave on farms and tend to animals and crops.

Another 66 million are forced to work in the service and industrial sectors.

What does it take to end child slavery?

Presenter: Jane Dutton


Simon Steyne – head of Social Dialogue and Partnerships at the ILO-International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour.

Hussaini Abdu – country director of the Actionaid Nigeria.

Prabhat Kumar – General Manager of Child protection at Save the Children India.

To read more about the World Day Against Child Labor, click the link below.


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