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Every year, 12th June is celebrated as the World Day Against Child Labour. This year also the World Day Against Child Labour 2022 will be celebrated on 12th June 2022 (Sunday). In 2002, the International Labor Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labor to raise awareness about child labour and to try to eradicate it. In this post, we will take you through the important facts and other details that are related to World Day Against Child Labour.

World Day Against Child Labour 2022 – Introduction

Every year on June 12th, the World Day Against Child Labor is commemorated that was initiated by ILO. It is a worldwide day to increase awareness and take immediate action to end all types of child labour.

In 2002, the International Labour Organization (ILO) established World Day Against Child Labor. Ever since, the day has drawn attention to the global incidence of child labour and the actions and efforts required to eradicate it. By working to eliminate unjust labour circumstances, including safeguarding children and young people from economic exploitation, the ILO contributes to the world’s long-term peace.

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World Day Against Child Labour 2022 Theme

This year’s theme or conceptual message on World Day Against Child Labour 2022 is “Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour”. This year theme emphasizes upon the fact that everyone must come forward across the globe to eradicate child labour. Steps taken to eradicate child labour should just not be restricted to an individual, it should rather be done socially. Only then the appropriate action can be taken to eradicate child labour. It guarantees that several children aged between 5 to 17 years have a normal upbringing by providing proper education, health services, recreation activities, or even basic liberties.

Previous Year Themes World Day Against Child Labour

2021“Act Now, End Child Labour”
2020“Protecting the children from labour”
2019“Children should not work in fields, but rather on dreams”
2018“Generation safe and Healthy”
2017“In conflicts & disasters, protecting of children from child labour”

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History of World Day Against Child Labour

  • The International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919 with the goal of promoting social justice and establishing International Labor Standards. Currently, ILO has 187 member countries.
  • Ever since then, the ILO has passed additional conventions aimed at improving labour conditions around the world. Not only that, but it also gives standards on issues such as pay, working hours, and a pleasant working atmosphere.
  • Then, ILO established Convention No. 138 in 1973, which focused on the age limit for employment. Its goal is for member countries to increase the minimum employment age and eliminate child labour.
  • The ILO convention number 182, often known as the “Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention,” was adopted in 1999. Its goal is to take the required and rapid steps to end the worst type of child labour.
  • Finally, in 2002, ILO established the World Day Against Child Labour to draw attention to the global scope of child labour and the actions and efforts required to eradicate it.

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Significance of World Day Against Child Labour

This day primarily focuses on the development of children and supports children’s rights to education and dignified living. As a result, achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 becomes very critical. There are various organisations, such as the ILO, that are working to reduce child labour. However, we, as citizens, must also be accountable and accept responsibility for assisting in the abolition or eradication of child labour. This day is also dedicated to bringing attention to the issue of child labour and finding solutions to it. The day is intended to raise awareness about the mental and physical harms that children forced into child labour endure around the world.

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Name the 2022 theme of World Day Against Child Labour?

This year 2022 theme is on ‘Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour’.

On what date and year did the World Day Against Child Labour commenced?

It commenced on 12th June 2002.

Which continent has the highest number of child labour?

Highest rate of child labour is in Africa, and then Asia.

Does African countries contribute to child labour?

Yes, Africa immensly contributes to child labour practises, i.e.72 millions.

How can we stop/ eradicate child labour?

It can be done by spreading awareness, implementing strict laws, supporting NGOs that work towards the eradication of child labour, educating society and children.