“The cruel death of a child’s dream”-a global issue

On a global scale, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by the end of 2022, 9 million children will be at risk of becoming child laborers. If important social protection coverage is not available, it may increase to 46 million. Image source: Stella Paul/IPS.
On a global scale, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by the end of 2022, 9 million children will be at risk of becoming child laborers. If important social protection coverage is not available, it may increase to 46 million. Image source: Stella Paul/IPS.
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  • International news agency

“There is nothing more cruel than the death of a child’s dream,” said Satyati, who opposed child labor in his hometown. “We should feel the moral responsibility of realizing these children’s dreams.”

The Global Solutions Forum is at International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, It brings together representatives from government departments, farmers’ organizations, workers’ groups, development banks, enterprises, as well as children, youth advocates and former child laborers.

The words of the Nobel Peace Prize winners were published before 2021 World Children’s Day, Marked as November 20th. Ironically, the theme of this day is: to create a better future for every child.

A country with more than 160 million children

These children make up a country with more than 160 million victims, twice the total population of the European power—Germany. They don’t know each other, but they are all victims of the current widespread human rights violations.

Half of them (80 million people) are only 5 to 11 years old, and their number has been increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If no mitigation measures are taken, their number may increase to nearly 170 million by 2022.

Millions of people are trapped in dangerous jobs, and they can easily fall prey to human trafficking.

Two-thirds are in the rural sector

Given that more than two-thirds of these boys and girls — or 70% — are rural workers, Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), urged to put an end to this practice before 2025-he called it a “serious violation of human rights.”

For them, Qu Qiang emphasized that effective actions and strong and consistent leadership of global agri-food stakeholders are essential. “Child labor deprives boys and girls of their childhood, their potential and dignity, and it is also harmful to their physical and mental development.”

Although not all jobs performed by children are considered child labor, “most of the jobs are not age-appropriate, and many disadvantaged families, especially those in rural areas, have no choice.”

Also in the service and industrial sectors

Although the agricultural sector accounts for 70% of child labor, it is followed by services with 20% and industry with 10%.

In addition, nearly 28% of children aged 5 to 11 and 35% of child laborers aged 12 to 14 are out of school.

Child labor is more common among boys of all ages than girls, but if you take into account the 21 hours of housework per week, the gender gap in child labor will narrow.

The reason behind

Contributing factors include low family income, few livelihood options, limited educational opportunities, insufficient labor-saving skills, and traditional attitudes surrounding children’s participation in agriculture.

According to this year’s report, in sub-Saharan Africa, population growth, recurring crises, extreme poverty, and insufficient social protection measures have resulted in 16.6 million child laborers in the past four years. Child labor: 2020 global forecasts, trends and the way forward, By the International Labour Organization (International Labor Organization) And UNICEF (UNICEF).

More victims

Two world agencies report that, globally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by the end of 2022, 9 million children will be at risk of becoming child laborers, and that if key social protection coverage is not available, it may increase to 46 million.

“The additional economic shocks and school closures caused by COVID-19 mean that children have been forced or forced to work, may work longer hours or worsen conditions, and the loss of work and income from vulnerable families may push more people into the worst Bad child labor,” said Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labor Organization.

Not escape

Ryder also emphasized that child labor does not have to continue indefinitely. “Child labor is not a way out of poverty, it is actually prolonging poverty; it spreads poverty from generation to generation,” he said.

these years World No Child Labor Day, Warned in its election campaign: The voice of the’victim’ leads the way’ It aims to focus on the unknown stories of the victims and their role in the fight against human trafficking, warning that progress in ending child labor has stalled for the first time in 20 years, reversing the previous downward trend. Between 2000 and 2016, 94 million jobs were reduced.

Internet Crime

The Secretary-General of the United Nations urges countries to take action to combat human trafficking, and one third of the victims are children.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged as many as 124 million people into extreme poverty. “Millions” are vulnerable to the scourge of human trafficking.

“Criminals all over the world are using technology to identify, control and exploit disadvantaged groups,” the head of the United Nations said, adding that children are increasingly using online platforms for sexual exploitation, forced marriages and other forms of abuse.

The government knows, or at least they should know. This practice of targeting tens of millions of children is just one of a long list of human rights violations.

This is also the case for 1.000.000.000 girls who are either Broken or Forced to be a mother Or both. Not to mention the discrimination and marginalization of millions of children who are forced to work…just because they are poor.

© Inter Press Service (2021) — All rights reservedOriginal source: International News Service

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