Act now, to protect children from child labour!

Ms Dagmar Walter’s message on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour, 2020 for protecting children from COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.

Press release | 12 June 2020
NEW DELHI, India (ILO NEWS):The effective abolition of child labour is one of the principles on which the International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919, and has remained a key objective ever since. ILO in India has been providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Labour and Employment and its institutions, social partners, state governments and other stakeholders in their effort to eliminate child labour in India, including through rightful access to education and vocational training.

The ILO launched the first World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of working children. Observed on June 12th, the day is intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour, reflected in the huge number of ratifications of ILO Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour and ILO Convention No. 138 on the minimum age for employment. India too, having ratified these ILO Conventions, needs to accelerate action towards elimination of child labour. WDACL provides an opportunity to gain further support of the Government, ILO social partners, civil society and others, including schools, youth and women's groups as well as the media, in the campaign against child labour.

World Day Against Child Labour 2020 will focus on the impact of crisis on child labour which is reflected in the theme, ‘COVID-19: Protect children from child labour, now more than ever!

The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer. The crisis can push millions of vulnerable children into child labour. Governments around the world are taking wide-ranging actions to contain and mitigate the pandemic. Building on best practices, the right policy choices, and quick action to implement them, are essential at this juncture to still keep the 2025 Sustainable Development Goal target 8.7 on elimination of child labour in reach.

I am pleased to share with you some communication material that you may like to use or adapt for your campaign on WDACL 2020. The communication pack contains social media cards, print posters and short clips in English and Hindi (refer annexure for details). You can download them here.

We hope you find this material useful for your campaign on WDACL 2020!

I wish you all the best.