Dimapur (Nagaland), June 11: With an aim to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour, Nagaland Governor on occasion of ‘World Day Against Child Labor’ has called upon citizens to join efforts in fighting against child labour and to take a concerted stand against the ‘unacceptable abuse of the rights of children and barrier to their proper development’.
The Governor released a statement which stated that the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the ‘World Day against Child Labour’ in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to remove it.
Governor Acharya also stated that every year on June 12, the World Day against Child Labour brings together governments, employers, and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child laborers and to find the solution to help them. The Governor felt the need to intensify and accelerate action to end child labor, including in areas affected by conflict and disasters.
The Governor explained that according to the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are involved in work which denies them from getting an adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, from which more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labor. Child labor is the enslavement which means anyone under the age of 18 involved in trafficking, debt bondage, serfdom and compulsory labor.
The definition comprises of the use of children in armed conflict, prostitution and any illegal activities like drug trafficking. In short, any work deemed to be harmful to the health, safety or morals of a child is considered to be child labor.
The Governor stated “Children are the hope of the future. Let us all play our part to make our children labor free. Every child should get the chance to go to school and be educated so that they can achieve their full potential in decent work when they come of age”.
Child labor must be tackled through a unified approach which includes measures to reduce poverty, provide universal education and promote social and economic development, felt Governor. He added that wholesome childhood experiences must not be burdened with hazardous, unhealthy engagement in work that denies children the opportunity of an education.
At the end, the Governor concluded that children must enjoy their childhood. He called upon all to work together to prevent and end child labor in the society.