Day 47 – Putting an End to Child Labour

Unicef: Millions of children around the world are trapped in child labour, depriving them of their childhood, their health and education, and condemning them to a life of poverty and want. Current global estimates estimate that 168 million children aged 5 to 17 are trapped in child labour.

Child labour spans various sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, quarrying and mining, and domestic services. Many suffer in other worst forms of child labour, including slavery-like practices such as forced and bonded labour and child soldiering, sexual exploitation, or are used by adults in illicit activities, including drug trafficking.

United Nations: Africa ranks highest among regions both in the percentage of children in child labour — one-fifth — and the absolute number of children in child labour — 72 million. The Asia Pacific region ranks second highest in both these measures with 62 million imprisoned in child labour. Together they account for almost nine out of every ten children in child labour worldwide:

  • Almost half (48%) of the victims of child labour were aged 5-11;2 8% were 12-14 years old; and 24% were 15-17 years old
  • Child labour is concentrated in agriculture (71%) – this includes fishing, forestry, livestock herding and aquaculture – 17% in services; and 12% in the industrial sector, including mining

The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer. These children are now at greater risk of facing even more hazardous circumstances and longer working hours. What are some solutions?

World Vision: Providing educational services to enhance instruction quality and improve the learning environment. Providing support for parents to improve their incomes and food security so that children don’t need to work. Encouraging support for national child labor laws and their enforcement. What Can I do to help?

Institute of Human Education offers 10 Tips for helping to End Child Labour including educating yourself and others, purchasing Fair Trade endorsed products, contacting leaders within government and industry, investing ethically and sharing your time and money. What non-profits are making a difference?

Human Rights Careers: Lists 10 Organizations Working to End Child Labor:

  1. Global March Against Child Labor (Global March)
  2. Love 146
  3. Stop Child Labor Coalition
  4. Save the Children
  5. ACE
  6. International Initiative on Exploitative Child Labor (IIECL)
  7. Centre for Child Rights
  8. The ECLT Foundation
  9. World Vision
  10. International Child Catholic Bureau (BICE)

I’ve always had high respect for the World Vision Organization and had the privilege to consult for them on their billion-dollar global micro-loan program. Consider chipping in to the organization of your choice to help end child labour.