*Challenging Heights Marks World Day Against Child Labor*
Challenging Heights is joining the world to mark the World Day Against Child Labor, a United Nations-backed day which is globally celebrated on the 12th of June, every year, with the International Labor Organization (ILO) leading in the celebration.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is:
ACT NOW; END CHILD LABOUR.
In the year 2016, the ILO estimated that there were 152million children who were in child labor worldwide, with 64million (42%) being girls, while 88million (58%) were boys, with Africa alone accounting for nearly 20% of the total global figures.
This means almost one in every ten children worldwide are in child labor.
In Ghana thousands of children are estimated to be trapped in child labor, in quarries, mining, head porterage, domestic servitude, farming, and commercial sex exploitation, with over 21,000 boys and girls trapped in child labor on Lake Volta fishing business alone.
Challenging Heights has over the past sixteen years supported over 3,000 children from various forms of child labor situations, as well as supporting their families. We have supported over 6,000 vulnerable women, and created employable skills for nearly 3,000 young persons, so as to avoid poverty.
With the COVID 19 pandemic, and the harsh impact of the global climate change situation, we have observed that families are becoming increasingly displaced, exposing them to more vulnerabilities, thereby risking the lives of more children falling victims of child labor.
On the occasion of the WORLD Day Against Child Labor, Challenging Heights is calling on the government of Ghana to step up its efforts at addressing community vulnerabilities, and economic inequalities, so as to mitigate the impact of COVID 19, the harsh impact of Climate change, which is derailing the progress made in the decades fight against child labor.
There is an urgent need to increase social and economic investment, especially targeting our poorest communities, to restore economies.
This is also the time that businesses would need to re-assess their corporate social responsibilities, to move away from tokenistic gestures, to real investments in addressing supply chain issues, and to ramp up their commitment to the communities where they operate.
*James Kofi Annan
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