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Progress in eliminating child labor threatened by the pandemic

June 12, 2020

The number of victims of child labor has decreased by 94 million in the past 20 years. This is an important achievement that could be reversed as a result of the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and could drive millions of people to work, as warned by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

On June 12, World Day Against This Practice, both agencies presented a joint report, “COVID-19 and Child Labor: A Time of Crisis, A Time to Act”.

In it, they warned that not only could the pandemic crisis force millions of children to start working, but those who are already working may have to do so for longer hours or in less favorable conditions. Many of them could be forced to do the worst forms of work.
This would significantly affect your health and safety.

Progress in eliminating child labor threatened by the pandemicProgress in eliminating child labor threatened by the pandemic

“Given the serious impact of the pandemic on family income, many of those who have no support could use child labor,” said Guy Ryder, Director General of the ILO. “Social protection is essential in times of crisis because it enables the most vulnerable to be supported,” he says.