Child Labour seminars and special campaigns arranged by ILO
ISLAMABAD: World Day Against Child Labour was observed across the globe including Pakistan on Thursday to raise awareness of the plight of child laborers worldwide.
The Day was observed to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
Theme for 2014 is: “Extend social protection: combat child labour.”
Awareness walks, seminars and special campaigns arranged by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Employees Federation of Pakistan (EFP), Association of Network for Community Empowerment (ANCE) and other stakeholder were held to mark the Day.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.
Around the world, large numbers of children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home. Stories of the abuse of children in domestic work are all too common.
Child labour is especially rampant in many developing countries – but even in industrialized nations many children are forced to work. In 2011, there were an estimated 215 million child labourers in the world- 115 million of which were involved in hazardous work.