Sunday, June 12, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011 marks the day the United Nations wishes to focus attention on combating child labor. The International Labor Organization (ILO) of the UN has declared it the World Day Against Child Labour.
In commemoration of the day, the ILO has just released a report indicating that 115 out of 215 million child laborers worldwide are engaged in hazardous work. The ILO has called for an urgent stop to the practice. It calls instead for ensuring that children attend school until the legal age of employment. The ILO's report, "Children in hazarous work: what we know; what we need to do," may be found here.
The ILO has 183 Member States; 173 of whom have pledged to take action to fight against the worst forms of child labor by joining the ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor.