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The World Day Against Child Labour 2019

The World Day Against Child Labour is an International Labour Organization (ILO)-sanctioned holiday first launched in 2002 aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labor. This year marks 20 years since the adoption of the ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999. Each year on 12 June, millions of people from around the world come together to highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.

According to ILO's data, hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are involved in work that deprives them of receiving an adequate education, health, leisure, and basic freedoms, violating this way their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labor like hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labor, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.

2019 theme: "Children shouldn’t work in fields but on dreams!" 

However, the reality of the situation is that child labor has its roots deep in the cultural traditions of our country and for poverty-stricken families, that extra income is the only thing between life and death. Therefore, it is important that we raise awareness about this issue and strive to make India a place where child labor is never a necessary evil.

The least we can do to be a part of it is by avoiding labor work by a child and surprisingly this will bring the most change.

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