Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Child Labour 2013

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Across the globe, 215 million children spend their days toiling in dingy factories, scrubbing homes and sitting perched on street corners selling crafts to passersby.

While the statistics are grim, on World Day Against Child Labor, activists are working to reveal the grisly conditions to which kids are subjected and the meager pay these poverty-stricken school-age children take home. On Wednesday, advocates are visiting their places of work, sharing disheartening photos, organizing rallies and disclosing to the world what child labor really means.

Ten million child labourers in domestic work


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GENEVA (ILO News) – An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide – most of them under age – are working as domestic workers in people’s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the ILO.

Six and a half million of these child labourers are aged between five and 14 years-old. More than 71 per cent are girls.

According to the latest figures in a new ILO report,
Ending Child labour in domestic work, they work in the homes of a third party or employer, carrying out tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, gardening, collecting water, looking after other children and caring for the elderly.

Vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual violence and abusive working conditions, they are often isolated from their families, hidden from the public eye and become highly dependent on their employers. Many might end up being commercially sexually exploited.

“The situation of many child domestic workers not only constitutes a serious violation of child rights, but remains an obstacle to the achievement of many national and international development objectives,” said Constance Thomas, Director of the
ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC).

The report, launched to mark
World Day Against Child Labour, calls for concerted and joint action at national and international levels to eliminate child labour in domestic work.

“We need a robust legal framework to clearly identify, prevent and eliminate child labour in domestic work, and to provide decent working conditions to adolescents when they can legally work,” Thomas stressed.

It is estimated that an additional 5 million children, who are above the minimum legal age of work in their countries, are involved in paid or unpaid domestic work globally.

Please read the full reports via the attached LINKS.

Thank you,
Joseph Pede

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