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International Labour Organisation Report: Child Labour declining but worst forms not eliminated until 2016

ALTHOUGH child labour is declining around the world, a recent report shows that there’s still plenty of work to do.

Marking the progress against child labour shows that:

• The number of child labourers had declined by a third globally, down from 246 million in 2000 to 168 million in 2012.

• The number of children in hazardous work declined by 30 million, from 115 million to 85 million, between 2000 and 2012.

• The largest absolute number of child labourers was in the Asia-Pacific region, at nearly 78 million, but countries in sub-Saharan Africa had the highest percentage of child labourers per capita, at more than 21%.

• Agriculture remained by far the largest sector with child labourers, with 98 million children, with large numbers of child workers also in services, 54 million, and 12 million in the industry sector.


According to the report, the overall decrease in child labour can be in part attributed to policy choices and investments in education and social protection.

Find the full report here.

Join a global march against child labour from October 8–10.

The march is held in conjunction with the Global Conference on Child Labour in Brazil at the same time.

Go to the event’s Facebook page for more information by clicking here.



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