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World Day Against Child Labor

July1Recent global estimates suggest some 120 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in child labor, with boys and girls in this age group almost equally affected. This persistence of child labor is rooted in poverty and lack of decent work for adults, lack of social protection, and a failure to ensure that all children are attending school through to the legal minimum age for admission to employment. Education is a key step in preventing child labor, and the trafficking that often precedes it.

UNANIMA belongs to the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, which celebrated the 12 June World Day Against Child Labor by holding a side event that focused on children who are trafficked for labor. Besides showing a video of a child rescued from trafficked labor, they demonstrated organizations who represent “best practices,’ such as Good Weave, UN agencies like UNICEF, and corporate responsibility groups like ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility), to which many of our UNANIMA congregations in the USA belong.

This link takes you to the International Labor Organization site (translated into French and Spanish) http://www.ilo.org/ipec/Campaignandadvocacy/wdacl/lang–ja/index.htm