POSTED June 16, 2020
UN: COVID-19 could hamper progress to end child labour
Economic uncertainty following COVID-19 restrictions is putting vulnerable children’s safety and security at risk
Incidences of child labour have dropped by 94 million since 2000, but the COVID-19 pandemic could risk reversing the strides made, reports the United Nations.
“As the pandemic wreaks havoc on family incomes, without support, many could resort to child labour,” said Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organization. “Social protection is vital in times of crisis, as it provides assistance to those who are most vulnerable.”
The United Nations is asking governments to continue investing in measures that protect children from exploitation in the labour force. They’re recommending providing access to credit, free schooling and expanded resources for labour inspections and enforcing laws, among other options.
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