World Day against Child Labor 2021: Opposition to child labor has become very weak

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World Day against Child Labor 2021: World Day against Child Labor has become even more important this year given the COVID-19 pandemics.

Child labor is an economic-social problem in the world. It is such a stain on society and country which tarnishes its image in the whole world and shows many problems of society. That is why World Day Against Child Labor is given a lot of importance. The International Labor Organization (ILO) celebrates this day every year on 12 June.

More fun in the era of Corona

History is witness that whenever any disaster has weakened society and along with economic anomalies in the society, problems like child labor have also raised their heads. Given this, the importance of World Child Labor Prohibition Day becomes even more important in this long period of the corona epidemic. Given this, this year the week of action is being celebrated which has started from 10th June.

Children’s rights are weakened

It is not easy to end child labor in the world. Because it is a social problem along with economic crime and it proves to be playing with the lives of children. The International Labor Organization has said that child labor exacerbates intergenerational poverty, challenges national economies, and undermines the rights guaranteed by the Child Rights Convention.

The number of child laborers is increasing rapidly

According to a report on the occasion of World Child Labor Day, Covid-19 The number of child laborers worldwide has increased from 84 lakhs to 16 million in the last four years. At the same time, according to the ILO report, the number of children in child labor between the ages of 5 and 11 has also increased rapidly. Now the number of these children has become more than half of the total number of child laborers. At the same time, children between the age of 5 to 17 years who are involved in dangerous work have increased. It

The theme of the year 2021

This year the theme of World Child Labor Prohibition Day is ‘Act Now: End Child Labor’ i.e. ‘Act Now, End Child Labor’. This is the first time in the last two decades that the world has seen such a rapid increase in child labor. Millions of children are in the grip of the epidemic, according to the ILO and UNICEF reports, the growth of efforts to stop child labor has ended and is now declining compared to the efforts made between 2000 and 2016.

Measures should be effective against child labor

Child labor is not only caused by inequality and discrimination in society, it also promotes social inequality and discrimination. Experts say that any effective action taken against child labor should be recognized and these efforts should be able to deal with the physical and emotional harm children are facing due to poverty, discrimination, and displacement.

Also a suspicion

The ILO report has warned that due to the Covid-19 epidemic, about 9 million children are at risk of being thrown into child labor by the year 2022. A simulation model shows that if they do not get proper social protection, this number could reach 46 million. In such a situation, the reduction and failure in the efforts being made to oppose child labor can be more harmful.

The ongoing lockdown during the pandemic has had a direct impact on the children. Schools are closed and the condition of children who were already engaged in child labor has worsened. Now they will either work longer or work in worse conditions. At the same time, the number of such children will also increase rapidly, whose families do not have employment and will be pushed into child labor.

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