World Day Against Child Labour - 12 June 2019
In 2019, the International Labour Organization is celebrating 100 years of advancing social justice and promoting decent work.
Yet today, 152 million children are still in child labour. Child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture.
On this World Day Against Child Labour will look back on progress achieved over a 100 years of ILO support to countries on tackling child labour. We will also look forward towards the 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.
This year, the World Day Against Child Labour will look back on progress achieved over a 100 years of ILO support to countries on tackling child labour. Since its founding in 1919, the protection of children has been embedded in the ILO’s Constitution (Preamble). One of the first Conventions adopted by the ILO was on Minimum Age in Industry (No. 5, 1919).
“It is the exploitation of childhood which constitutes the evil… most unbearable to the human heart. Serious work in social legislation begins always with the protection of children.” Albert Thomas, the first ILO Director
On this World Day, we will also look forward towards the 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. In support of Alliance 8.7, we call for immediate action to address the remaining challenges so that the world community can get firmly on track towards eliminating child labour. A newly released ILO report points the way with policy approaches and responses.
2019 marks 20 years since the adoption of the ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182). With only a few countries still to ratify, this Convention is close to universal ratification. On this World Day we call for full ratification and implementation of Convention No. 182 and of the ILO’s Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138). We also encourage ratification of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, which protects both adults and children.
The World Day Against Child Labour is widely supported by governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, UN agencies, and many others who are concerned with tackling child labour. We would like to invite you and your organization to be part of the World Day. Join us and add your voice to the worldwide movement against child labour. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Day 2019 Highlights
Rita Ora Calls to end child labour
Singer Rita Ora talks about doing more to end child labour as our world of work continues to change, and wishes the International Labour Organization on its 100th anniversary.
Fighting child labour: An interview with children's rights trainer Molly Namirembe
Molly Namirembe, a youth advocate from Uganda and SCREAM (Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media) trainer, participated in the ILO Forum on the World Day Against Child Labour and explain us about her contribution to the fight against child labour.
Virtual reality experience
Dreams of Gold: The Virtual Reality Experience
Ghana is the largest producer of gold in western Africa. Its mines provide local families with the a meagre income extracted under dangerous working conditions. “Dreams of Gold” follows the stories of three children rescued from one of the most hazardous forms of child labour, mining for gold.
World Day 2019 Videos
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