‘The Brutal Death of a Child’s Dream’ — Global Issues

‘The Brutal Death of a Child’s Dream’ — Global Issues

Globally, nine million additional children are at risk of being pushed into child labour by the end of 2022 as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could rise to 46 million without access to basic social protection coverage. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS.

  • by Baher Kamal (madrid)
  • Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Inter Press Service

MADRID, Nov 19 (IPS) – Kailash Satyarthi,? an Indian social reformer and co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Malala Yousafzai, spoke in a recent international forum about the devastating impacts of child labour.

“Nothing is as brutal as the death of a child’s dream,” said Satyarthi, who campaigned against child labour in his homeland. “We should feel the moral responsibility that we have to fulfill the dreams of these children.”

The Global Solutions Forum was held in the context of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, and it brought together representatives from government ministries, farmers’ organisations, workers’ groups, and development edges, businesses, in addition as children, youth advocates, and former child labourers.

The Nobel Peace laureate’s words came ahead of the 2021 World Children’s Day, marked 20 November. The Day’s theme is–ironically: A Better Future for Every Child.

The nation of 160 million plus children

These children form a nation of 160 millions plus victims, the double of a big European country’s -Germany- total population. They do not know each other, but they are all victims of the current prevailing human rights abuses.

Half of them -or 80 million– are just 5 to 11 years old, and their number has been rising due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Without mitigation measures, their number could rise to nearly 170 million by the year 2022.

Millions of them are retained in hazardous work, and they are also easy prey to human trafficking.

Two-thirds in the rural sector

Given that more than two thirds plus –or 70%– of all these boys and girls are rural workers, Qu Dongyu, the director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has urged ways to stamp out the practice –which he called “a serious violation of human rights,”– by the year 2025.

For them, Qu stressed that effective action and strong and logical leadership from agri-food stakeholders across the globe is basic. “Child labour deprives boys and girls of their childhood, their possible and dignity, while also being unhealthy to their physical and mental development.”

Although not all work carried out by children is considered child labour, “much of it is not age-appropriate, and many unprotected families, especially in rural areas, have no choice.”

Also in sets and industry

While the agriculture sector accounts for 70% of children in child labour, it is followed by 20% in sets and 10% in industry.

in addition, nearly 28% of 5 to 11-year-olds and 35% of those aged 12 to 14 in child labour, are out of school.

Child labour is more common among boys than girls at every age but when 21 hours per week of household chores are taken into account, the gender gap in child labour narrows.

Reasons behind

Contributing factors include low family incomes, few livelihood alternatives, limited access to education, inadequate labour-saving technologies, and traditional attitudes surrounding children’s participation in agriculture.

In sub-Saharan Africa, population growth, recurrent crises, extreme poverty, and inadequate social protection measures have led to an additional 16.6 million children in child labour over the past four years, according to this year’s report Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward, elaborated by the International Labour Organisation(ILO) and the UN Children Fund (UNICEF).

More victims

Globally, nine million additional children are at risk of being pushed into child labour by the end of 2022 as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could rise to 46 million without access to basic social protection coverage, the two world bodies have reported.

“Additional economic shocks and school closures caused by COVID-19 average that children already obliged or forced to work, may be working longer hours or under worsening conditions, while job and income losses among unprotected families may push many more into the worst forms of child labour,” according to Guy Ryder, the ILO director general.

Not an escape

Ryder also underlined that child labour did not have to continue indefinitely. “Child labour is not an escape road from poverty, it truly prolongs poverty; it makes poverty inter-generational,” he said.

This year’s World Day Against Child Labour, warned in its campaign: ‘Victims’ Voices rule the Way’ which is aimed at putting a spotlight on victims’ untold stories, and on their roles in the fight against trafficking, warned that progress to end child labour has stalled for the first time in 20 years, reversing the past downward trend that saw the number put to work fall by 94 million between 2000 and 2016.

Cyber crimes

The UN Secretary General urged States to take action against human trafficking, where a third of all victims are children.

“The COVID pandemic has pushed as many as 124 million more people into extreme poverty. And “many millions” have been left unprotected to the scourge of human trafficking.

“Criminals everywhere are using technology to clarify, control and adventure unprotected people,” the UN chief said, adding that children are increasingly targeted by online platforms for sexual exploitation, forced marriage and other forms of abuse.

Governments are aware, or at the minimum they should. This practice against ten of millions of children is just one of the long list of human rights violations.

This is also the case of child-girls who are either mutilated or forced to be mothers or both. Let alone the discrimination and marginisation against the millions of children who are forced to work… just because they are poor.

© Inter Press Service (2021) — All Rights ReservedOriginal source: Inter Press Service

Where next?

Related news

Browse related news topics:

Latest news

Read the latest news stories:

  • Hot meals helping Haiti’s children retrieve from the earthquake Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • First Person: ‘Bridge the gap between native youth and the world’ Friday, November 19, 2021
  • ‘The Brutal Death of a Child’s Dream’ Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Time Honoured Food Traditions, Pleasing for Palate and Planet Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Spotlight Initiative combats gender-based violence during COVID-19 pandemic Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Worsening drought affects 2.3 million people in Somalia Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Afghanistan’s farmers, herders desperate for seed, food and cash Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Safe sanitation for all benefits people and the planet: UN chief Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Glossing Over in Glasgow – Some Thoughts on COP26 Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Mental Health: Getting to Healthy, Happy Thursday, November 18, 2021


Learn more about the related issues:

proportion this

Bookmark or proportion this with others using some popular social bookmarking web sites:

Link to this page from your site/blog

Add the following HTML code to your page:

<p><a href=”https://www.globalissues.org/news/2021/11/19/29390″>‘The Brutal Death of a Child’s Dream’</a>, <cite>Inter Press Service</cite>, Friday, November 19, 2021 (posted by Global Issues)</p>

… to produce this:

‘The Brutal Death of a Child’s Dream’, Inter Press Service, Friday, November 19, 2021 (posted by Global Issues)

Click: See details

leave your comment