12th June - World Day Against Child Labour 2009 Theme: Give girls a chance, end child labour
The World Day Against Child Labour will be celebrated on 12 June 2009. The World Day this year marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the landmark ILO Convention No. 182, which addresses the need for action to tackle the worst forms of child labour.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) and World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) share a common commitment to pursuing social justice and peace, empowering young people through human rights-based educational programmes and promoting the social dimension of globalisation. This long-standing partnership was recently strengthened through a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) extending our cooperation in the fight against child labour, earlier this year.
This year, the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) on 12 June marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the landmark ILO Convention No. 182, which called for urgent action to abolish the worst forms of child labour. While celebrating progress made during the past ten years, the World Day will highlight the continuing challenges, with a focus on the exploitation of girls in child labour. Around the world, an estimated 100 million girls are involved in child labour. Many of these girls undertake similar types of work as boys, but often also endure additional hardships and face extra risks. Moreover, girls are too often exposed to some of the worst forms of child labour, often in hidden work situations.
WOSM and ILO/IPEC have prepared a common circular with more details and useful links for Scouts to help prepare activities and events for the World Day Against Child Labour on 12th June.