Every year, to raise awareness against the evils of child labour, June 12 is observed as World Day Against Child Labour. The day was launched by the International Labour Organization in 2002 with the aim to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour.
More than 150 million children all around the globe are still working or forced to work as labors, many of which are working under hazardous conditions. It is now the time, more than ever, that measures are taken to control and stop this from going on any further.
World Day Against Child Labour 2023 Upcoming Events
Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for World Day Against Child Labour for the next 5 years.
|World Day Against Child Labour 2023||June 12, 2023||Monday|
|World Day Against Child Labour 2024||June 12, 2024||Wednesday|
|World Day Against Child Labour 2025||June 12, 2025||Thursday|
|World Day Against Child Labour 2026||June 12, 2026||Friday|
|World Day Against Child Labour 2027||June 12, 2027||Saturday|
World Day Against Child Labour 2023
|Event||World Day Against Child Labour 2023|
|Date||June 12, 2023|
|Declared by||United Nations|
|Purpose||To raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour|
Facts about Child Labour You Must Know
Here are a few poignant facts that you should know about child labour and slavery.
- In a survey result of 2020, around 97 million boys and 63 million girls are working as child labour. This estimate makes every one out of ten children working as a child labour.
- Between 40 to 50 percent of laborers are children below the age of 18.
- Around two thirds of all child labor is in the agricultural sector as per the International Labour Organization.
- Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of child laborers where 49 million children are forced laborers.
- More than 300,000 child soldiers forced into armed combat, according to the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
- Only one out of five child laborers is paid for work and the majority children are unpaid family workers.
- Almost half of child labor victims (73 million) work in hazardous child labor; more than one-quarter of all hazardous child labor is done by children less than 12 years old (19 million).
Significance of World Day Against Child Labour
World Day Against Child Labour is observed with the objective of drawing attention to the problem of child labour and to look out for ways to eradicate this problem permanently from the society. As per the data collected by International Labour Organization (ILO), millions of children worldwide are deprived from basic need like food and education and are forced into child labour. The scenario is even worse when the children are forced to work under hazardous environments or as a slave in drug trafficking or prostitution.
World Day Against Child Labour History
In 2002, the International Labour Organization, a United Nations body working towards proper regulation of world of work decided to observe June 12 as World Day Against Child Labour. The aim was to bring attention and join efforts to fight against child labour.
Theme for World Day Against Child Labour 2023-2024
Every year a theme is decided to observe World Day Against Child Labour. The theme for World Day Against Child Labour 2022 was “Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour” which focused on increased investment in social protection schemes and systems to develop protection mechanisms from child labour. The theme for 2023 is yet to be decided and announced.
How to celebrate World Day Against Child Labour?
Many governments, local authorities, civil society, non-profit organizations conduct seminars and other events to point out the child labour problem and define the guidelines to help child laborers.
Quotes related to World Day Against Child Labour 2023
Here are some quotes focused on child slavery given by famous personalities to draw everybody’s attention towards the issue.
“Child labour and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labour to the end of time.” – Grace Abbott
“You can’t regulate child labour. You can’t regulate slavery. Some things are just wrong.” – Michael Moore
“Child slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work remains, but I will see the end of child labour in my lifetime.” – Kailash Satyarthi
Are boys more prone to be working as child labor as compared to girls?
Both boys and girls are equally involved in child labour. Boys might be more visible in child labor than girls because girls are more likely to be involved in domestic work.
When will be World Day Against Child Labour 2023 observed?
The World Day Against Child Labour will be observed on Monday, June 12 2023.
Is there an official holiday on World Day Against Child Labour?
No official holiday is given as such in any country for celebrating World Day Against Child Labour.