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Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams

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The 2019 theme for World Day against Child Labour is Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams! The International Labour Organization is celebrating its 100 years of advancing social justice and promoting decent work. Sadly, 152 million children are still under the ill pressure of child labour. This is a problem that occurs in almost all sectors. But most importantly it has been found that 7 out of every 10 children are working in agriculture.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) had launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to bring attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. June 12 is meant to bring together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the predicament of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

2019 marks 20 years since the adoption of the ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182). ILO will also look forward towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 set by the international community calling for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025.

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