World Day Against Child Labor 2009

Switzerland Children Labour Day

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the World Day Against Child Labor. This years focus is on the exploitation of women across the world in addition to general awareness of the plight of children and the economic conditions that drive parents and adults to force children to work. This year, in particular, the ILO calls for:

  1. Policy responses to address the causes of child labour, paying particular attention to the situation of girls.
  2. Urgent action to tackle the worst forms of child labour.
  3. Greater attention to the education and skills training needs of adolescent girls – a key action point in tackling child labour and providing a pathway for girls to gain Decent Work as adults.

The International Labour Organization (the ILO) has estimated that some 165 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in child labor. In Latin America, this problem continues to be evident among any who have been there. We in the US often do not think about child labor, but it is a problem everywhere.

For more on Latin America, check out a great two-part series at Global Voices Online here and here.

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~ by Daniel on June 12, 2009.

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