June 12, World Day Against Child Labour

Each year on 12 June, the World Day Against Child Labour 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.

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  • Worldwide 218 million children between 5 and 17 years are in employment.
    Among them, 152 million are victims of child labour; almost half of them, 73 million, work in hazardous child labour.
Information provided by the United Nations


  • Almost half of all 152 million children victims of child labour are aged 5-11 years.
    42 million (28%) are 12-14 years old; and 37 million (24%) are 15-17 years old.


  • In absolute terms, almost half of child labour (72.1 million) is to be found in Africa; 62.1 million in the Asia and the Pacific; 10.7 million in the Americas; 1.2 million in the Arab States and 5.5 million in Europe and Central Asia.
218 million children around the world work, some of them full-time, instead of being in school or playing. They are between the ages of 5 and 17 and more than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.

But what is child labour anyway?

It is considered to be child labour the “work carried out to the detriment and endangerment of a child, in violation of international law and national legislation.” That which “either deprives children of schooling or requires them to assume the dual burden of schooling and work.”

The goal is to end all forms of child labour, such as slavery or practices similar to it, child prostitution or illicit activities as well as “work done by children under the minimum legal age for that type of work, as defined by national legislation in accordance with international standards.”



This June 12, make yourself heard on social media, by sharing the information about World Day Against Child Labour. Together we can make sure children around the world are offered fair and equal opportunities to develop, to be educated and to have a childhood.