World Day Against Child Labour, also known as WDCAL is observed every year on June 12. The International Labour Organisation (ILO)-sanctioned holiday was launched in 2002 to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour. WDCAL is intended to foster the worldwide movement against child labour in any of its forms.
This day join efforts to fight against child labour and brings together the governments, local authorities, civil society and international, workers and employers organizations to point out the child labour problem and define the guidelines to help child labourers.
On this day, the Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi founder of Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation tweeted that – “Today I am reminiscing about the start of my fight against child labour. I am encouraged to see that today; it is an issue discussed everywhere, from boardrooms to parliaments to family dinner tables. But we must do more.” Kailash Satyarthi has been a member of a UNESCO body established with the goal of providing “Education for All” and has been on the board of the Fast Track Initiative (now known as the Global Partnership for Education).
Apart from him, other netizens and socialists also wrote their views and came in support against child labour making the day worthy, using the #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour
Have a look at the tweets:
Child labour is defined as a work that deprives a child enjoying and live their childhood. This results in the decrease of their potential and sometimes affecting their mental health too. According to ILO’s data, hundreds of millions of girls and boys across the world are involved in work that deprives them of receiving the adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating this way their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour.