12 June: World Day against Child Labour

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The World Day against Child Labour is observed every year across the world on June 12 with an aim to raise awareness against child labour. This years theme is ‘Generation Safe & Healthy’. This year, a joint campaign was launched by World Day against Child Labour (WDACL) and World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay) to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour. The campaign aims to boost initiatives to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.7 of ending all forms of child labour by 2025 and target 8.8 of safe and secure working environments for all workers by 2030.

Background

The World Day Against Child Labour was launched by International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, this brings together governments, workers organizations and employers, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

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