NCPCR to observe World Day Against Child Labour

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 11, 2012 16:12 hrs

The National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is set to commemorate World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), in collaboration with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and International Labour Organization (ILO) here on Tuesday .

The theme for the event is: ´Justice For Children - End Child Labour´ to be held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the first World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to generate awareness about the practice of child labour in different sectors.

Secretary for Minister of Women and Child Development Neela Gangadharan, will grace the occasion as the chief guest.

Chairperson at NCPCR Prof. Shantha Sinha and former Principal Secretary for Ministry of Labour and currently Special Adviser North-East Cell, L.D.Mishra will address on the occasion.

A couple of erstwhile child labourers would be present to give their testimonies.

Dignitaries from the concerned Central Government Ministries, Central Autonomous Bodies, National Commissions, State Government Departments, State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCRs), United Nations Agencies, Inter Governmental Organisations and selected INGOs/ NGOs working towards abolition of child labour will attend the function.

According to ILO estimates there are 218 million child labourers worldwide. The Government of India's 2001 census estimated that 12.7 million are involved in child labour. Children constitute 3.6% of the total labour force in India.

This year the World Day Against Child Labour will provide a spotlight on the right of all children to be protected from child labour and from other violations of fundamental human rights.

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