Tips to Prevent Child Labor / How to Protect the Rights of Children : Secretary Blinken

Secretary Blinken, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN honor the worldwide effort to eliminate child labor.

World Day Against Child Labor is June 12, a time to celebrate the progress countries have made in the fight to end child labor and address the remaining challenges to fully advance children’s rights.

Children can work as long as the jobs aren’t dangerous or unhealthy, don’t interfere with school, and are age appropriate. When we talk about child labor, we mean children who have been driven into work by economic hardship and other factors. While significant progress has been made over the past two decades, that progress began to stall in recent years and worsening conditions caused by the pandemic likely have pushed even more children into labor exploitation. As of early 2020, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the number of child laborers had climbed to 160 million children –63 million girls and 97 million boys –accounting for almost 1 in 10 children worldwide. One-third of those children are not in school, and nearly half are engaged in the worst forms of child labor. These numbers may be higher today.

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The 2022 World Day Against Child Labor is taking place shortly after the 5thGlobal Conference on Child Labor, which adopted the Durban Call to Action on the Elimination of Child Labor.

The United States joined representatives from the ILO’s 187 member states to construct a path to a world free of child labor, as called for under Target 8.7 of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

This year’s theme is “Universal Social Protection to End Child Labor.” Investing in social protection programs like public and vocational education, health care, school meals, maternity and paternity leave, and unemployment insurance can help protect children and prevent families from resorting to child labor in times of crisis.
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