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12 June 2018: World Day Against Child Labour

Published on June 13, 2018
Nothing can bring more disdain on the civilized society than the most unfortunate reality of child labour. We boast of modern technologies that nobody would have imagined a few decades ago.
But this development has certainly not proved to be prosperous for humanity at large.

  • The barometer of measuring happiness in any society is undoubtedly the state in which the children in that society live. But in this amazing journey of progressive changes in technology, somewhere we lost on the front of ensuring a child the future he/she deserves.
  • Back in 2002, the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour to bring this unfortunate reality to the attention of the world in the hope of garnering much needed efforts & actions to eliminate it.
  • Every year on June 12, this world day makes an effort to bring governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from all over the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them get out of this living hell.
  • In 2015, the world leaders adopted the "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" as a global commitment to end child labour.
  • Statistically speaking, a target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on the global community to: "Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms."
  • This day will also be marked as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work with an aim of the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour. 
  • Ending child labour is not at all an issue that humanity can afford to put on the back burner or act in a way that is not backed by absolute resolve.
  • Its high time we take our children out from this living hell of child labour and give our future generations, a world really worthy of being called humane.
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