News & Publications » ACEI News » World Day Against Child Labour

World Day Against Child Labour

In 2002, the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour as a way to draw attention to those children who are engaged in work that deprives them of their rights. Child labor is a complex, global issue, where cultural factors often govern the roles of children and, therefore, participation by children in domestic or income-generating labor varies greatly according to context. However, many of the children who work outside the home are deprived of adequate education, good health, and other basic freedoms. Many of these children work in dangerous environments and are exposed to harmful chemicals or illicit activities. Some children work in prostitution or slavery, or as child soldiers. It is crucial that governments, civil society, and social partners around the world work to stop harmful forms of child labor in their countries.

World Day Against Child Labour 2014 calls for:

Action to introduce, improve, and extend social protection;
National social security systems that are sensitive to children's needs and help fight child labor;
Social protection that reaches out to especially vulnerable groups of children.

Learn more about World Day Against Child Labour here.