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Child Labour: A Social Plague to Be Combated

Boy working in a factory

World Day Against Child Labour is an annual event observed on 12 June every year. It is dedicated to raising awareness and taking action against the exploitation of children in the workforce. The theme for the 2024 campaign, “Let’s Act on Our Commitments: End Child Labour!”, underscores the urgent need to fulfill our promises and obligations to eradicate child labour globally.

This significant day commemorates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the ILO (International Labour Organization) Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour in 1999, a landmark treaty that became the first ILO Convention to be universally ratified in 2020. This convention represents a crucial step towards eliminating the most egregious forms of child labour and ensuring the protection of children’s rights.

Child labour is defined as the exploitation of children through any form of work that deprives them of their childhood, interrupts their education, or harms their physical, mental, or social development. It remains a pressing issue worldwide.

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Angel Mary Sony is a 16-year-old student of Rajagiri Christu Jayanthi Public School, Kakkanad, Ernakulam.

Angel Mary Sony

Angel Mary Sony is a 16-year-old student of Rajagiri Christu Jayanthi Public School, Kakkanad, Ernakulam.