Millions of children may be pushed to child labor due to CoronaJune 12, 2020
In countries such as India, Brazil and Mexico, millions of more children may be pushed to child labor due to the coronavirus Kovid-19 epidemic. This claim has been made in a new report.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) and UNICEF report ‘Kovid-19 and Child Labor: Time for Crisis, Time to Work’ was released on Friday. Accordingly, since 2000, the number of child laborers has reduced to 9.4 crores. But now this success is at risk.
The agencies said, due to the Kovid-19 crisis, lakhs of children are expected to be pushed into child labor. If this happens, this is the first time in twenty years that the number of child laborers will increase.
On the occasion of World Child Labor Prevention Day, the report released on June 12 said that children who are already child laborers may have to work for longer or worse conditions and many of them may go through such situations. This will threaten their health and safety.
The report said that when families need more financial support, they seek the help of children. It said, in Brazil, parents had to come forward to provide temporary help to the children after the employment of the parents was snuffed out. This was also observed in Guatemala, India, Mexico and Tanzania. It said that child labor has increased due to the closure of schools due to the global epidemic.
The agencies said the temporary closure of schools is affecting more than one billion children in more than 130 countries. It said, even when classes start, some parents may not be able to send children to school due to not being able to bear the expenses.
According to the report, the result will be that more children will be forced to do more hard work and exploitative work.
ILO Director General Gai Ryder said, many people can adopt child labor when the outbreak of the epidemic hits the family’s income. He said, Social security is important in times of crisis because it helps the most vulnerable. According to the report, the crisis of Kovid-19 can increase poverty and child labor.
For many families in times of crisis, child labor becomes a way of helping hand in the work, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Foray.