World (The Times Groupe)- The International Labor Organization (ILO) and UN children’s agency UNICEF released a report on Wednesday showing more than 160 million children are working in child labor around the world.
The new report by UNICEF warns that if no relief strategies are adopted, 8.9 million more children could be engaged in child labor by the end of this year because of greater poverty and vulnerability.
In the report, researchers say that social protection reduces poverty and vulnerability among families, reducing child labor-related factors.
Both organizations called for closing the social protection coverage gap for the 1.5 billion children worldwide that do not receive family or child cash benefits.
The elimination of child labor must be one of the more compelling reasons to invest in universal social protection, given its pernicious impact on children’s rights and wellbeing,” said Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labor Organization.