World Day Against Child Labour 2021 is being on observed on Saturday (today).
The day aims to spread awareness about the illegal practice of child labour that still prevails. The objective of this day is also to spread awareness to eradicate it completely across the globe.
According to Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, child Labour violates children’s constitutionally guaranteed rights, and is detrimental to their physical and mental health.
There are an estimated 160 million children in child labour, 72 million of which are in hazardous work. These children are now at even greater risk of facing circumstances that are even more difficult and working longer hours.
This special day was first observed in 2002 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a United Nations agency.
This year, the theme of World Day Against Child Labour is ‘Act Now: End Child Labour’. Amid the coronavirus pandemic and global crisis, there has been a drastic surge in child labour across the world due to people facing employment woes.