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.
Delegates left the halls and committee rooms of the Palais des Nations on Day 7 for an outside ceremony to mark World Day Against Child Labour. The event attracted hundreds of people to the site of a sculpture entitled Rebirth by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.
Among the speakers at the event was FKE Executive Director Mrs. Jacqueline Mugo who is heading the delegation of Kenyan employers.
Urgent action is needed to tackle child labour in areas affected by conflict and disaster. If the SDG Target 8.7 which aims to
“Eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour”
is to be achieved by 2030, we need to intensify and accelerate action to end child labour, including in areas affected by conflict and disasters. And we need to do it together.