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Child labor is increasing for the first time in two decades

According to the latest report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF, the increase in child labor worldwide has been 8,4 million children in the last four years. This has increased the number of children in child labor to 160 million.

In dem Report "Child Labor: Global Estimates 2020, trends and the road forward" (“Child Labor: Global Estimates 2020, Trends and the Way Forward”) warn the experts that “progress in overcoming child labor has stalled for the first time in 20 years. The previous positive trend has thus been reversed: Between 2000 and 2016, the number of girls and boys in child labor fell by 94 million. "

ILO General Director Guy Ryder is convinced: “Comprehensive, inclusive basic social protection measures can enable families to keep their children in school despite economic hardship. Increased investment in rural development and decent work in agriculture are essential. We are at a crucial moment and a lot depends on how we act. It is time for renewed commitment and energy in order to reverse the trend and break the cycle of poverty and child labor. "

Other key findings of the report:                

  • 70 Prozent of girls and boys in child labor work in the agricultural sector (112 million), 20 Prozent im Service sector (31,4 million) and ten percent by Manufacturing (16,5 million).
  • Fast 28 Prozent of children aged five to eleven and 35 Prozent of children between the ages of 12 and 14 who perform child labor, don't go to school.
  • In rural regions child labor is almost three times as prevalent (14 percent) as in urban areas (five percent).

Source: UNICEF Austria

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Written by Karin Bornett

Freelance journalist and blogger in the Community option. Technology-loving Labrador smoking with a passion for village idyll and a soft spot for urban culture.

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