Imagine you are 6 years old. Also imagine working hard from morning to evening without any break or lunch.Doesnt that shock you a little in your head? Imagine your child, or one you care about, forced to work long hours under hellish conditions for the profit of a some industry. Even the coldest heart must find this picture shocking. But the hearts of the WTO leaders must be colder than ice.
Today, on this international day of action, I am going to speak of a problem that is hidden away from our eyes. Did you know that of every 100 children in the world today, 16 of them are child labourers, 12 of them are in its worst form, and many will never go to school? There are 246 million child labourers in the world today, most are in developing countries(mostly in South Asian Countries) . Some of them are as young as 5, 186 million of them are under 15 and 170 million of them are doing hazardous work and operating dangerous tools or machines. They are working on farms, plantations, mines, or even construction site, breathing in noxious fumes and exposed to harsh chemicals . Of every 100 children, more than half will never finish school, escape poverty or even have a decent job. Let me begin by clearly explaining the meaning of the term “child labour”.
Child labor is done by any working child who is under the age specified by law or custom. Child labor is a hazard to a child’s mental, physical, social, educational, emotional and spiritual development. Broadly any child who is employed in activities to feed self and family is being subjected to “child labour”.
It is obligatory for all countries to set a minimum age for employment according to the rules of ILO written in Convention 138(C.138). The stipulated age for employment should not be below the age for finishing compulsory school, that is not below the age of 15. Developing countries are allowed to set the minimum age at 14 years in accordance with their socio- economic circumstances.
Today we think that child...