World Day Against Child Labor
Today is being observed across continents as World Day Against Child Labor, an event launched by the International Labor Organization in 2002.
The observance aims “to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. The day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people to highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.
The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by world leaders in 2015, include a renewed global commitment to ending child labor. Specifically, target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on the global community to: “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all its forms.”
The theme of the celebration today is, “Children Shouldn’t Work in Fields, but on Dreams!”
Children shouldn’t work in fields, ILO said, but on dreams. Yet today, 152 million children are still in child labor. Although child labor occurs in almost every sector, seven out of every 10 are in agriculture.*
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Albinism Awareness Day
Tomorrow will be observed as International Albinism Awareness Day.
Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically, the United Nations said.
The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalization and social exclusion. This leads to various forms of stigma and discrimination.
In some communities, erroneous beliefs and myths, heavily influenced by superstition, put the security and lives of persons with albinism at constant risk. These beliefs and myths are centuries old and are present in cultural attitudes and practices around the world.
The theme of the celebration is “Still Standing Strong”, which is a call to recognize, celebrate and stand in solidarity with persons with albinism around the world, and to support their cause – from their accomplishments and positive practices to the promotion and protection of their human rights.
Persons with albinism have faced, and continue to face, ongoing hurdles and challenges that seriously undermine their enjoyment of human rights. From stigma and discrimination, to barriers in health, education, and invisibility in social and political arenas. In addition, in several countries they are subject to heinous attacks and killings. Despite all these challenges, persons with albinism remain positive and are “still standing strong”.*
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