Poverty exacts a toll on millions of families worldwide , and in some places, it comes at the price of a child’s physical safety. 1 in 10 children across the globe are subjected to child labour, to either reduce parents load or to support the family.
Children may be driven into work for various reasons. Most often, child labour occurs when families face financial challenges or uncertainty – whether due to poverty, sudden illness of a caregiver, or job loss of the breadwinner, or when natural disasters occur.
The consequences are staggering. Child labour can result in extreme bodily and mental harm, and even death. It can lead to sexual or economic exploitation. And in nearly every case, it cuts children off from schooling and health care, restricting their fundamental rights and threatening their futures, keeping them away from the life they’ should be living.
Trafficked children are often subjected to violence, abuse and other human rights violations. And some may be forced to break the law.
152 million children worldwide are victims of child labor; 88 million are boys and 64 million are girls. Girls may be more present in less visible forms of child labor such as domestic service in private households, and girls are much more likely than boys to shoulder responsibility for household chores, a form of work not considered in child labor estimates Girls who leave school early do so disproportionately to undertake responsibility for chores within their own homes, while boys are more likely to leave school prematurely in order to join the labor force. To do their part in supporting the family.
48 percent of all victims of child labor are aged 5-11 years. Almost half of child labor victims (73 million) work in hazardous child labor; more than one-quarter of all hazardous child labor is done by children less than 12 years old (19 million). Almost half of child workers are in Africa (72.1 million); 41 percent (62.1 million) are in Asia and the Pacific.
It is a disheartening situation that one needs adequate hands on deck to fight the scourge.
Your role includes
- Reporting any witnessed case of child labor to the authorities in charge of such cases.
- Donating to a cause that takes care of children rescued from child labor.
- Supporting family that can barely make ends meet.
- Create awareness of the illeffects of child labor on the mental health of the child.
Always play your part in bettering the life of children around the world.