World Day Against Child Labour is an international observance aimed at raising awareness and encouraging actions to address the global issue of child labour. Established by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the day highlights the plight of millions of children being forced to work all over the world, often in dangerous and harmful conditions. It encourages worldwide proactivity, bringing governments, social groups, and individuals together to create and promote strategies to improve their lives and restore their rights as children.
Originally launched in 2002 by the ILO, World Day Against Child Labour serves as a fundamental reminder of the organisation's goal to eliminate child labour in all its forms by 2025. While the prevalence of child labour may not appear significant in Australia, the country is not immune to the issue, with some children still being subjected to exploitation or falling victims to illegal employment practices. Moreover, Australian consumers have a significant global impact, as the goods produced by child labour, such as clothing, food, and electronics, are imported and consumed by the Australian market. This interconnectedness makes it essential for Australians to be aware, engaged, and active in the fight against child labour.
On World Day Against Child Labour various activities tailored to educate and inspire change are held across the nation. These can include panel discussions, educational seminars, fundraisers, and social media campaigns to raise awareness about the issue and emphasise Australian consumers' responsibility. By actively participating in the observance, Australians can contribute to international efforts in eradicating child labour and create a positive change for the millions of vulnerable children worldwide. The World Day Against Child Labour is observed annually on June 12th.
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References and related siteswww.un.org: World Day Against Child Labour www.ilo.org: International Labour Organization www2.census.gov: 1880 U.S. Census www.hrw.org: Child Labor In The U.S.