World Day Against Child Labour, celebrated annually on 12 June is an initiative launched by International Labour Organisation (ILO) to raise awareness about the plight of child labourers worldwide. This year, the ILO is celebrating 100 years of advancing social justice and promoting decent work. It will look back on the progress achieved over 100 years of ILO support to countries on tackling child labour.
This year's theme is: 'Children shouldn’t work in fields but on dreams'. According to their statistics, 152 million children are still in child labour, while child labour occurs in almost every sector, seven out of every 10 is in agriculture.
2019 is also the year ILO turns 20 years since the adoption of the ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182). With only a few countries still to ratify, this Convention is close to universal ratification.