2021: International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor

United Nations (UN) has named 2021 as the International Year for the elimination of child labor and will be working with partners such as the International Labor Organization on making it a success.

According to UN, we define child labor as any work that deprives children from their childhood, their potential, and their dignity, preventing them from attending school, while enforcing children to participate in economic activities, in some instances under slavery conditions or with huge physical and life risk. Child labor happens predominantly in Africa (72 million children) in the first place, with Asia and the Pacific (62 million) coming second.

What can you do?

This year UN counts not only on the efforts from their partners but on society in general. For this, in addition to the main goals to developing a roadmap to end child labor by 2025 and provide training to local NGO’s, UN has enabled a series of opportunities to join its efforts.

For instance, stakeholders at different levels can act and raise awareness on this issue, in addition to join on any of the three different levels on engagement: Act, Inspire, and Scale up. For more information, please refer to the official site of this year’s initiative: endchildlabour2021.org.

The role of Qullqi

We are glad to see the topic on child labor brought this year to the forefront; nevertheless, we believe this is of utmost importance all years long. In our home country of Peru, child labor is still a big issue, and therefore we want to fight against it by developing and promoting the opening of educational venues and facilities where kids can be kids, where they can play, learn, and develop themselves as they should, according to their age, instead of being working under hard conditions, against their dignity.

Moreover, we are also happy of being a licensee of the Fairmined certification, a seal of guarantee that there is no child labor in the small-scale mining organizations from where the silver we use is extracted from. Last, we make sure that no children work in our crafting areas.

In case you were wonder about how big of an issue child labor is, here you find some facts:

• Between 2000 and 2016, there was a 38% decrease in child labor globally.
• Almost 100 million children have been removed from child labor over the past 20 years.
• But 152 million children across the world are still in child labor.
• The challenge is concentrated in agriculture, services, and industries

Do you check there is no child labor involved in the manufacturing process of your garments and fashion accessories? Do you support any organization fighting against child labor?

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