World Day Against Child Labour 2020 – Theme, History
- On World Day Against Child Labour, many political leaders, activists and others tweeted on the year’s theme, “protect children more than ever from COVID-19”. The posts called for efforts to end child labour, especially at a time the world is fighting coronavirus.
- Nobel laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi said, “The yardstick of a visionary and decisive leadership is the primacy it attaches to children in its policies, programmes and economic schemes.”
- Mr Satyarthi urged businesses and corporations to take moral responsibility and demonstrate compassion by not employing child workers. “This World Day Against Child Labour, I urge businesses and corporations to take the moral responsibility and demonstrate compassion to stop employing child labour. I urge corporate leaders to come forward and end child labour..,” tweeted the activist.
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched a government scheme for education of underage labourers called, ‘Bal Shramik Vidya Yojna”. The scheme will benefit over 2,000 children.
- According to UN data, Africa and the Asia and the Pacific regions together account for almost nine out of every ten children in child labour worldwide.
- As per reported that as per the last census, there are over 10 million child labourers in India. Many of these children are kept confined to workplace by employers.
- UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore added that as poverty rises and schools close, many children might get pushed into working for a livelihood. “As we re-imagine the world post-COVID, we need to make sure that children and their families have the tools they need to weather similar storms in the future. Quality education, social protection services and better economic opportunities can be game changers,” Fore added.
- According per International Labour Organization (ILO) data, there are about 152 million children globally who are engaged in child labour, 72 million of whom are in hazardous work.
- In 2020, the World Day Against Child Labour is being conducted as a virtual campaign, organized jointly with the Global March Against Child Labour and the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture (IPCCLA).
The International Labour Organization is a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social and economic justice through setting international labour standards. Founded in 1919 under the League of Nations, it is the first and oldest specialised agency of the UN.
- Founded – 1919
- Founder – Paris Peace Conference
- Head – Guy Ryder
- Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
The United Nations Children’s Fund is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide.it is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world, with a presence in 192 countries and territories.UNICEF’s activities include immunizations and disease prevention, administering treatment for children and mothers with HIV, enhancing childhood and maternal nutrition, improving sanitation, promoting education, and providing emergency relief in response to disasters.
- Founded – 11 December 1946
- Headquarters – NewYork, US
- President– Rabab Fatima(Bangladesh)
- Executive Director– Henrietta H. Fore