Observed on 12 June every year, this year’s World Day Against Child Labour draws attention to the role of social justice in keeping children out of child labour with a theme, ‘Social Justice for All. End Child Labour!’
Child labour is highly prevalent amongst marginalised communities and vulnerable populations, and social justice means a fair and equitable society where everyone has equal rights and access to opportunities.
With the enormous rise of cheap child labour, traffickers continue to take advantage of vulnerable families; hundreds of children are trafficked from the rural and urban parts of India under the pretext of a better opportunity or good life. These children are forced to work in hazardous conditions - from brick kilns to restaurants and garment factories. Young girls are majorly subjected to commercial sexual exploitation.
Together with partners and supporters like you, we ensure that children get access to good quality education through our community education centres and reduce the vulnerabilities of human trafficking. This month alone, we have rescued 20 children who were engaged as child labourers in Bihar and West Bengal. Since our inception, we have rescued 4,882 victims of trafficking across India.
Every child deserves to enjoy their childhood; go to school, make friends, be curious and trust the environment. To make this happen, we have to work collectively. Continue to support us, educate yourself about child labour, spread awareness in the community and don’t miss to report child labour if you witness it.