There are several issues plaguing the world right now. There is the obvious problem of climate change and global warming, but closer back home there are also issues that demand equal, if not more, attention, one of them being child labour. In spite of our best efforts, millions of children, every year, are robbed of the childhood they are entitled to, and instead are compelled to work under harsh and dangerous conditions. In a bid to protest against this and raise awareness, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002.
The objective of this day is to focus on the extent of child labour and also take initiatives to eradicate it. Every year on June 12, governments, workers, organisations and people from different walks of life come together to highlight the plight of child labour and work together in developing ideas to create awareness regarding it. The 2017 World Day Against Child Labour focuses on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour.
Several people, on this day, have taken to social media to not only bring the problem to the fore, but also urge others to put a stop to it. It certainly cannot be achieved overnight, and would require continuous and sustained efforts from everybody. It is precisely this that people on social media are urging others to do, while pledging their own participation toward the cause.
Here are some examples.
Mumbai Police shows the way.
— CP Mumbai Police (@CPMumbaiPolice) June 12, 2017
Suresh Prabhu, the current Railway Minister of India also tweeted on the issue.
On #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour let us pledge to stop the menace of child labour and work for bright future of our little ones
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) June 12, 2017
Indeed, child labour is equivalent to child abuse.
— श्वेता #GiveUpAMeal (@swetasinghsinha) June 12, 2017
Yes, all children deserve a better future, and are entitled to it. Sadly it is not always the case.
— Madhur Verma (@DCP_DelhiPolice) June 12, 2017
Very succinctly put.
— Vega Helmets India (@Vega_Helmets) June 12, 2017
We hope more people gets this.
— Anit Ghosh🇮🇳 (@Indianit07) June 12, 2017
Let’s unite in saving tomorrow’s future. Take a pledge against Child labour #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour
— Kaagaz (@kaagaz_) June 12, 2017
This is a sad reality we cannot evade from.
— LICADHO | លីកាដូ (@licadho) June 12, 2017
— Mushinada Leelakaran (@Mushinada) June 12, 2017
This tweet is right on point.
— dharamvir tanwar (@dharamvirtanwar) June 12, 2017
Let us pledge to do what little we can to ‘Let the bud of life bloom’. It is our sacred duty & their basic right
— Rupin Takkar (@rupin_takkar) June 12, 2017
They hv a Right to study We r feeling proud 4 this day which gonna expeditiously reduce CHILD LABOUR@k_satyarthi #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour
— Ishan Raghav (@IshanRaghav1) June 12, 2017
In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour
— Dr. Wanjiru Njugi (@njugizee) June 12, 2017