Today, all around the world, employers and trade unions are working together with governments to get child laborers out of work and into school. However, a single World Day Against Child Labor does not seem to be effective without a continuing social dialogue.
We talk about 127 million boys and 88 million girls involved in child labor. That is the International Labour Organization’s most recent global estimate. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labor imaginable, such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labor, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.
By entering the labor market prematurely, these kids are deprived of their critical education and training that can help to lift them, their families and communities out of a cycle of poverty.
Photo: "Kids Pulling a Cartload of Bricks - Elmina - Ghana," Adam Jones, Flickr (Creative Commons)
Tackling the Worst Forms of Exploitation
What can we do? For starters, we can raise awareness. The video below shows some practical strategies of this worldwide movement against child labor.