World Day Against Child Labour is observed each year on 12th June. The 2022 theme for this day is Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour. The day aims to highlight the plight of working children and to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour. A 2022 International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNESCO report, The role of social protection in the elimination of child labour: Evidence review and policy implications, indicated that 1 in 10 (160 million) children aged 5 or over were involved in child labour worldwide at the beginning of 2020. Since then the Covid-19 pandemic has left more children vulnerable. It is likely that by the end of 2022 the number of children in child labour could rise by 8.9 million.

Governments are being urged to develop and implement policies that will reduce family poverty, support livlihoods and increase school enrolment. These measures are essential in the fight to eradicate chid labour.

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