May 29, 2024

Why in News ?

International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UNICEF jointly published report on child labour. As per report, world has marked rise in child labour in two decades.

Key Findings of report

  • Report highlights, coronavirus crisis might push millions more youngsters toward child labour.
  • As of 2020, number of child labour stands at 160 million. It has increased by 8.4 million in four years.
  • Number started increasing before covid-19 pandemic hit, marking dramatic reversal of downward trend where numbers decreased by 94 million in between 2000 and 2016.
  • Amid the covid-19 pandemic, 1 in 10 children globally were engaged in child labour.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is the worst affected country.
  • Boys are more likely to be affected. They will account for 97 million out of 160 million children engaging into child labour at start of 2020.
  • Number of children, between ages 5 and 17 doing hazardous work, has increased. About 79 million children were considered to be engaged in hazardous work. This could affect child’s development, education or health.


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