Hundreds Of Millions Of Children Labor To Survive

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 | Comments Off on Hundreds Of Millions Of Children Labor To Survive

 

GENEVA – The International Labor Organization (ILO) is urging nations to step up the fight against child labor.The ILO is issuing a call to action to mark the 10th anniversary of the annual World Day Against Child Labor on June 12.

About five million children, out of 21 million people globally, are caught in forced labor, including commercial sexual exploitation and debt bondage.

A plan was adopted in The Hague in 2010 to eliminate the worst forms of child labor by 2016. Quinn agrees this target is likely to be missed, especially at a time when countries are cutting back on social provisions.

But he says the challenges are enormous — not impossible. During the past decade, he notes child labor has been reduced by 20 percent.

The International Labor Organization is calling for nations to strengthen laws aimed at protecting children from exploitation. It also calls for giving all children a quality education, providing poor families with social protection and ensuring adults opportunities for work.
 The International Labor Organization reports the greatest number of child laborers is in South East Asia, but Africa has the highest percentage of those employed in this age group.

He says the greatest progress is seen in Latin American countries, where poor families have been provided with financial incentives to send their children to school.

“But not just in Latin America, we have seen also in some countries in Africa. For example, where governments take steps to abolish school fees, immediately we see a large increase in the numbers of children in school.  It is clear that costs are a barrier to many families sending their children to school. So these kind[s] of important policy initiatives are key to tackling the problem,” Quinn stated.

Senior technical specialist Patrick Quinn of the ILO international program for the elimination of child labor says the worst forms of child labor include work that is dangerous to the health, safety and moral development of children.

 

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