World Day against Child Labour is an annual event observed on 12 June to raise awareness against child labour worldwide.
Observed on: June 12
Organized by: UN, ILO
Introduced in: 2002
About World Day against Child Labour
Every year June 12th is observed as World Day Against Child Labour. This is day is observed to raise awareness of the plight of child laborers world-wide. International Labour Organization (ILO) initiated the observation in 2002 to combat child labour around the world.
Some data shows more than 541 young workers are there globally. They account for more than 15 percent of the world’s labour force. Over 73 million children are in hazardous works like toiling in mines and fields, factories, exposed to pesticides and toxic substances, carrying heavy loads, etc. This causes physical as well as psychological effects on them which lasts for lifelong. They exploited by making to work for long hours.
Activities and Programs on the Day
Many actions and events are conducted on this day to tackle child labour. Governments, local bodies, civil societies, NGOs, organizations work with the child are conducting many programs and actions to tackle child labour.
Each year International Labour Organization (ILO) announces a theme for that year. The days observations are based on the theme selected for the year.
Theme for World Day against Child Labour
World Day against Child Labour 2020 Theme is “COVID-19: Protect children from child labour, now more than ever!“
World Day against Child Labour 2019 Theme was ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams!‘
Day against Child Labour 2018 Theme was ‘Generation Safe and Healthy‘
2017 Theme: In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour
2016 Theme: End child labour in supply chains – It’s everyone’s business!
2015 Theme: No to child labour – YES to quality education!
2014 Theme: Extend social protection: combat child labour!
2013 Theme: No to child labour in domestic work
2012 Theme: Human rights and social justice… let’s end child labour
2011 Theme: Warning! Children in hazardous work
2010 Theme: Go for the goal… end child labour
2009 Theme: Give girls a chance: End child labour
2008 Theme: Education: The right response to child labour
2007 Theme: Child labour and agriculture
2006 Theme: The end of child labour: Together we can do it!
2005 Theme: A load too heavy: Child labour in mining and quarrying
2004 Theme: Behind closed doors: Child domestic labour
2003 Theme: Trafficking in Children
2002 Theme: A Future Without Child Labour