For the first time in 20 years, 160 million children have reported driven into child labour: UN

in image a child worker working

in image a child worker working

The report by the ILO and UNICEF – entitled Child Labour: Global estimates for 2020, the trends and the road ahead – warns us that for the first time in 2 decades, there have been progressed to end child labour, and that reversing the earlier declining trajectory in the period 2000-2016, which saw child labour fall by 94 million.

A United Nations research says that the worldwide number of children working for children has increased to 160 million, a drastic upheld of 8.4 million children over the previous four years, with millions more at danger as a result of the repercussions of Covid 19.

UNICEF noted that there are few facts or statistics for India and that the danger of child labour is predicted to grow with covid 19 and consequent financial difficulties. With the closing down of 1,5 million schools owing to a pandemic and lockout in India, the danger of slippage into child labour and risky migration has been increased by 247 million children enrolled in primary and secondary schools.

"The pandemic has emerged as a child rights crisis, aggravating the risk of child labour as many more families are likely to have fallen into extreme poverty. Children in poor and disadvantaged households in India are now at a greater risk of negative coping mechanisms such as dropping out of school and being forced into labour, marriage, and even falling victim to trafficking. We are also seeing children lose parents and caregivers to the virus—leaving them destitute, without parental care. These children are extremely vulnerable to neglect labour, and exploitation. We must act fast to prevent the covid-19 pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children in India, especially those who are most vulnerable", a statement by Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Unicef India Representative.

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