Global efforts to eradicate child labour backpedaled

According to global estimates and trends on child labour released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICE, 160 million children worldwide are engaged in child labour today. The situation is very grave, as global efforts to eradicate child labour has backpedaled for the first time in 20 years.

Iran (IMNA) - At the height of the crisis, the Coronavirus Pandemic has exacerbated the condition with another 9 million children subjected to get involved in child labour by the end of 2022.

Parental economic deprivation, lack of access to inclusive education, being misplaced and refugee, growing up in dysfunctional families, living with addicted parents and states’ inadequate laws and regulations are the main determinants behind the global phenomenon of child labour.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) defines child labour as “work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and/or interferes with their schooling by: depriving them of the opportunity to attend school; obliging them to leave school prematurely; or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work” (ILO, n.d).

Grappling with forced labour is part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by global leaders in 2015. An agenda through which all countries pledged to achieve 17 sustainable goals and 169 specific targets toward a promising future for all, which are collectively titled the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals target 8.7 focuses on “immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour”.

Sustainable Development Goals, Goal Target 8.7 in particular, will not be obtained unless efforts are considerably increased. eradicating child labour requires integrated thinking, coordinated action, effective policy making and efficient use of resources in unprecedented ways.

All endeavors and coordinated action must address the underlying causes of forced labour, modern slavery and child labour, and help discover the right incentives and deterrents to make change for a peaceful world.

Realizing SDG 8.7 will require the effective engagement of partnership of all parts of societies including governments, NGOs, employers' associations, private and public sectors, educational bodies, community organizations, faith-based organization (FBOs( , and media agencies .

Despite some regressions in tackling child labor, tThehe global progress has been made towards reducing child labour in recent years; on the latest attempts, the United Nations (UN) declared 2021 the international year for the elimination of child labour. Many committed countries are making meaningful efforts to push through measures that will at least make a dent in the shocking statistics at the end of 2021.

But bBehind the considerable numbers are individual children, each with wishes and aspirations for the future. Under the slogan “Take steps to eliminate child labour”, authorities are committing to undertake targeted adaptation actions that prepare the grounds to end child labour by 2025; However, Ordinary ordinary people should also notice that they take a huge role in effective abolition of child labour.

Many people are still unmindful of the impact of child labour which is a gross injustice facing millions of children. To encourage as many people as possible help to end this global phenomenon, it is important to show how we are all connected to the challenge; we should bear in mind that everybody can assume a role even if very little.

Ways to help end Child Labour

Support Fair trade- Be conscious as a buyer- People who employ children in the name of giving them a chance to make money are not as benefactor as they pretend to be. They take advantages of the children as nothing more than cheap workforce; of the products you buy. If your intended products are its too cheap to be true, it was probablymay have been made by underpaid, overworked childrenworking children. If possible, try to investigate and ensure no forced labour is involved in making processes of the goods.in crammed factories.

Be clued up

learn more on what your government is carrying out to eliminate child labour. Participate in talks with your family, friends and colleagues on forced labour. Organizations working to end child labour always need a johnny-on-the-spot to run their activities. Take some hours out from your cut-off time and get involved in charity events and campaigns.

Support education

Preferably, be a participant in supporting the schooling of a child from the poorer neighborhoods in your city of residence. There are should be several non-governmental organizations helping to connect donors with needy children in your city.

Make investments based on social values

As an investor or stakeholder, support businesses that follow practices based on ethical principles that don’t include child labour.

Be attentive and report abuse

Be conscious of any form of child abuse or exploitation happening around you. Bear in mind, such children need us to be their voices. be knowledgeable about the concerned administrations in your locality such as non-governmental bodies active in your area.

Change parental attitudes toward child Labor

Educating parents to realize the detrimental effects of child labour helps in culture-building in this regard. Try enlightening the parents of these children on this social phenomenon and convince them to pull the children out of such bounded labor; support the parents to enroll their children in schools instead, thus helping the children approach a brilliant future.

Let’s continue providing children with life-saving helps and expand the circle of cooperation. Ask ourselves and each other – what more is needed to ensure there’s no children left behind in our own countries and communities?

By: Elahe Seyfodin

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