COVID-19: 'Protect Children From Child Labour, Now More Than Ever'

by GoNews Desk 4 years ago Views 2000


A joint ILO-UNICEF paper on the impact of COVID-19 on child labour, to be released on Friday on World Day Against Child Labour, looks at some of the main channels through which the pandemic is likely to affect progress towards the eradication of child labour.

World Day Against Child Labour 2020 focuses on the impact of crisis on child labour. The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer. The crisis can push millions of vulnerable children into child labour. Already, there are an estimated 152 million children in child labour, 72 million of which are in hazardous work. These children are now at even greater risk of facing circumstances that are even more difficult and working longer hours.

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Did You Know?

Almost one in ten of all children worldwide are in child labour. While the number of children in child labour has declined by 94 million since 2000, the rate of reduction slowed by two-thirds in recent years.

152 million children between the ages of 5-17 were in child labour, almost half of them in hazardous child labour.

Almost half (48%) of the victims of child labour were aged 5-11; 28% were 12-14 years old; and 24% were 15-17 years old.

Child labour is concentrated primarily in agriculture (71%) - this includes fishing, forestry, livestock herding and aquaculture - 17% in services; and 12% in the industrial sector, including mining.

-Courtesy UN

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