"Family poverty and income shocks are often catalysts of child labour. It is time to break this cycle and ensure that families living in poverty have adequate incomes, income security and health care. These social protection measures can help households weather shocks and keep their children in school and out of child labour."
Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General
2014 Theme: Extend social protection: combat child labour!
A young boy working in a carpentry workshop in Casablanca. UN Photo/Jean Pierre Laffont
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.
Around the world, large numbers of children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home. Stories of the abuse of children in domestic work are all too common.
World Day 2014 calls for:
- Action to introduce, improve and extend social protection, in line with the ILO Recommendation No. 202 on social protection floors.
- National social security systems that are sensitive to children’s needs and help fighting child labour.
- Social protection that reaches out to especially vulnerable groups of children.