ILO- UNICEF Report on Child Labour

International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNICEF jointly published report on child labour. As per report, world has marked rise in child labour in two decades.

Key Findings of report

  • Report highlights, coronavirus crisis might push millions more youngsters toward child labour.
  • As of 2020, number of child labour stands at 160 million. It has increased by 8.4 million in four years.
  • Number started increasing before covid-19 pandemic hit, marking dramatic reversal of downward trend where numbers decreased by 94 million in between 2000 and 2016.
  • Amid the covid-19 pandemic, 1 in 10 children globally were engaged in child labour.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is the worst affected country.
  • Boys are more likely to be affected. They will account for 97 million out of 160 million children engaging into child labour at start of 2020.
  • Number of children, between ages 5 and 17 doing hazardous work, has increased. About 79 million children were considered to be engaged in hazardous work. This could affect child’s development, education or health.

What is the concern?

ILO and UNICEF have warned if urgent action is not taken to ballooning numbers of families going into poverty, about 50 million more kids could be forced into child labour in next two years.

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