COVID-19 and Child Labour
Until recently, the outlook for finally ending child labour was promising, owing in part to progress in expanding education, targeted social protection and robust global growth.
But in the last four years, global progress has stalled. In fact, the absolute number of children engaged in child labour has increased for the first time in two decades—an estimated and staggering 160 million children in 2020 according to new global estimates released by ILO and UNICEF. Once again, the poorest and those who are most marginalized are disproportionately affected. Young children aged between five and 11 make up more than half of the global figure. The global increase is driven by Sub-Saharan Africa, where recurrent crises, extreme poverty, and inadequate social protection force families to make difficult decisions.
Now, the Covid-19 crisis is making a bad situation even worse. As school closures and strained finances may
- Jo Becker is the advocacy director of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch.
- Eric Edmonds is a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College.
- Virginia Messina is Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Communications at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
- Muhammad Rafiq Khan is Chief of Child Protection at UNICEF Ghana
Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF Ghana
Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
Senior Vice President at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)
Chief, Strategic Planning and Convening
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