The UN said today that child labour has increased to 160 million. This is the first rise in two decades & the number could swell by millions more because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Governments and international organisations had made significant strides in eradicating child labour. Between 2000-2016 the figures fell by 94 million, according to ILO. But the last 4 years have seen a worrying reversal of that trend.

   

Child labour swells for first time in two decades: UN

WHAT?

The UN said today that child labour has increased to 160 million. This is the first rise in two decades & the number could swell by millions more because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

HOW?

A report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and International Labour Organization (ILO) found 8.4 million children were pushed into child labour over the last four years and nine million more are at risk of a similar path by the end of 2022 as a result of COVID-19.

WHO?

Children aged five to 11 years performing child labour now account for more than half the total global figure, according to the report’s findings. And the number of children aged five to 17 years who are doing work that is dangerous or harmful to their health, safety or morals rose by 6.5 million to 79 million since 2016.

HOW?

And the worst-case scenario is even more sobering. An ILO simulation model showed the number of children at risk could rise to 46 million if they do not have access to critical social protection coverage.