Child labour or child labor refers to the exploitation of children through any form of work that deprives children of their childhood. It has become a grave area of concern for the global world. For this year’s World Day, a “Week of Action” will be launched today, starting with the launch of the new global estimates on child labor. The events and activities carried out during this week will be an opportunity for partners to showcase progress in carrying out their “2021 Action Pledges.” All pledges made by regional, national and organizational stakeholders and individuals will be featured on the website for the 2021 International Year in April.
Children around the world are routinely engaged in paid and unpaid forms of work that are not harmful to them. However, they are classified as child laborers when they are either too young to work, or are involved in hazardous activities that may compromise their physical, mental, social, or educational development. In the least developed countries, slightly more than one in four children are engaged in labour that is considered detrimental to their health and development.
COVID-19 has plunged the world into a crisis of unprecedented scope and scale. The harmful effects of this pandemic will not be distributed equally. They are expected to be most damaging in the poorest countries and in the poorest neighborhoods, and for those in already disadvantaged or vulnerable situations, such as children in child labor and victims of forced labour and human trafficking, particularly women and girls.Ending child labour requires immediate action, accelerated motivation, and collaborative partnerships at all levels.