International Labour Organization (ILO) has marked June 12 to observe the World Day Against Child Labour and it is observed in almost 100 countries around the globe.
History of the World Day Against Child Labour
It started in 2002 when the International Labour Organization suggested that June 12 be observed as the World Day Against Child Labour. And it put facts in support of its suggestion. It said that many children in the age group of 5 to 17 were engaged in work that deprived them of normal childhood like getting education, proper healthcare and leisure time.
Significance of the World Day Against Child Labour
The World Day Against Child Labour is observed with the sole purpose of bringing the plight of child labour before the world and encourage the authorities responsible for safety of children to find ways to remove children from the clutches of labour. The message that goes to the society is to save childhood from the physical and mental problems of child labour.
Theme for the World Day Against Child Labour 2020
This year the focus is on to highlight the impact of the crisis on child labour. The world is passing through a very difficult phase that is a pandemic. Today the world economy is under extreme stress. It is on the verge of collapsing. And this crisis can push millions of children worldwide into labour. The children are at a greater risk of bearing the burden of society. And it is for the society to think of ways to save their childhood.