160 MILLION CHILDREN IN HAZARDOUS WORK
63 MILLION GIRLS AND 97 MILLION BOYS
There are shocking numbers of children around the world in child labor. International Labor Organization (ILO) and UNICEF recently released their numbers after its survey covering two-thirds of the world population of children between the ages of 5-17.
These statistics are usually produced by ILO every four years and are the basis of poverty alleviation programs, child health and literacy initiatives, and anti-modern slavery legislation and efforts by governmental agencies, international development agencies, and non-profits worldwide.
This data released by ILO shows that the world’s fight against child labor is stagnating, and the COVID pandemic will push some 8.9 million more children into child labor by 2022.
An International Cocoa Initiative assessed 263 Côte d’Ivoire communities and found a significant increase in child labor in the cocoa industry from July to September 2020 compared to July to September 2019. There was an increase in child labor in Ecuador of more than one-third since the beginning of the pandemic. Egyptian children are being used in cotton cultivation and other agricultural work. In Brazil, in the capital city of Sao Paulo alone, there has been a 26 percent increase in child labor between May and July of 2020.
So, What Can You Do?
Without accelerated action, the world will not be able to eradicate child labor as envisioned in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Target 8.7
SDG Target 8.7:
Our Response at YouCanFreeUs
You may be aware, at YouCanFreeUs we have a staff team dedicated to rescuing and fighting forced child labor. Thank you to all of you who partner with us to give the children of the world a chance.