Today, on World Day Against Child Labour, we want to highlight the issue of child labour all around the world. Why is this still happening? We, as a global community, need to ensure that every child can receive an education and live a life free from fear. Whether as a child soldier in mines or making your clothes, no child should be forced to work to support their family.
The International Labour Organization says that in 2019, 152 million children are still in child labour and that child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture sectors. If you're unaware of what constitutes as child labour, the United Nations has summed it up succinctly under three categories.
1. The unconditional worst forms of child labour, which are internationally defined as slavery, trafficking, debt bondage and other forms of forced labour, forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict, prostitution and pornography, and illicit activities.
2. Labour performed by a child who is under the minimum age specified for that kind of work (as defined by national legislation, in accordance with accepted international standards), and that is thus likely to impede the child’s education and full development.
3. Labour that jeopardizes the physical, mental or moral well-being of a child, either because of its nature or because of the conditions in which it is carried out, known as “hazardous work”.
The children who are working are not able to get an education and they often don't have time to play, something crucial to childhood and overall happiness. By having to work, they are, unfortunately, being denied the chance to have a proper childhood. At MiaDonna, we hold children close to our heart. Every child deserves a childhood and access to education. They need to learn, not to earn. Children are our future and we must work together to ensure they have better resources, better education systems, and safety. We work with our charity foundation, The Greener Diamond, to create initiatives and projects to help assist youth with alternative careers and paths to set them up for successful futures. It's important to recognize the pressing issues around the world and work collectively to change those for the better.
Today, on World Day Against Child Labour, we will work to share the message of what this day represents and actions we can take as consumers and activists to change the future for children. They need security, happiness and the ability to be successful in whatever they choose to do.