ILO Director-General Guy Ryder highlighted the importance of addressing the root causes of child labour, including in unpaid family work in agriculture. He spoke at a panel on child labour held on the sidelines of the International Labour Conference.
Ryder pointed out that some 152 million children aged 5 to 17 are in child labour worldwide. Between 2012 and 2016, there was “almost no reduction in the number of children aged 5 to 11 in child labour, and the number of these most vulnerable, youngest children in hazardous work actually increased.” More
Well designed social protection policies, sensitive to children’s needs, can make a real difference in the fight to eradicate child labour, said the International Labour Organization on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour. Continue reading
Recent ILO report into child labour, which currently affects some 215 million children worldwide, shows that social protection policies can play a key role in the fight against it. Meanwhile UN-HABITAT’s report on urban youth stresses that the young are “society’s most important and dynamic human resource” despite close to half of them living on less than $2 a day. Continue reading