World Day against Child Labour 12 June, 2017
The Holy Father has appealed to put an end to child labour on the World Day against Child Labour.

“Today as the World Day against Child Labour is being celebrated all over the world, the Exploitation of Children in domestic work is a deplorable phenomenon which is constantly increasing, especially in poor countries. There are millions of children, mostly girls, who are victims of this hidden form of exploitation that often involves abuse, mistreatment and discrimination. This is a real form of slavery” said Pope Francis. He  emphasised that all children when growing up should be able to ‘play, study, pray and grow’ in a safe environment surrounded by love and called on everyone, not just the Catholic community, to take action against people who were exploiting children and that we needed ‘to take even more effective measures to fight this plague.’

Child labour refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school and that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful. The United Nations states that more than 168 million children who live in areas affected by conflict and disaster are still child labour. The supply chains that run the risk of child labour range from trafficking, to agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction to domestic helps. It is also revealed that that 6.5 million of these child labourers were aged between the ages of 5 and 14, while 71 per cent of the children were girls.

"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda reaffirms the goal of ending child labour. Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour."

“All together we must renew the commitment to eliminate the cause of this modern slavery, which deprives millions of children of some fundamental rights and exposes them to serious dangers” Pope Francis.