For the first time in 2 decades, the number of children in child labour has increased, even before taking into account the on-going COVID-19 crisis causing school closures and threatening family livelihoods, according to the latest global estimates put out by the ILO and UNICEF. As of 2020, there are 160 million children in child labour around the world, doing work that is harmful to their health, safety, development, and future, this is a 6% increase since the previous estimates in 2016. What does this mean? Here are some quick figures.
The message is clear, the gender gap is still present, as is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. If we do not invest in gender equality our development efforts will not be sustainable. Ending discrimination against women and girls is not just a development concern and a root cause of child labour, it is a basic human right.
It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole eco-system to keep them safe to help them grow Every child has the right to grow, learn and play safe from any form of harm. Read this article to understand how strong child protection eco-systems could hold the key to ending child labour once and for all.
The US Department of Labor recently published a 2020 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Find out more.
In this article, we share the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic and suggest policy and practical measures that can be taken to ensure improved resilience of vulnerable populations to protect children from child labour in the event of future crises.
At its peak towards the end of March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic had forced 191 countries to close all their schools, affecting over 1.5 billion students. We're sharing some of the lessons we have drawn from the pandemic about supporting education at times of crisis.
COVID-19 is likely to have a negative effects on the livelihoods and education of small-scale farmers and children in rural areas around the world. This article sums up what can be done to smallholders and children from the negative impacts of COVID-19.
Worldwide 152 million children are still in child labour; the majority of them, 108 million, work in agriculture. How will COVID-19 impact efforts to end child labour in the sector, in line with SDG Target 8.7 and ILO conventions?
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