- By: Aleena Panhwar
The International Labour Organization (ILO) defines child labour as “work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children. Approximately 3.3 million children in Pakistan are enslaved by child labour. “They are forced to live a life of poverty and want,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in its report.
Unemployment refers to a situation when a person actively searches for work but is unable to find work. Unemployment is considered to be a key measure of the health of the economy. Over 6.5 per cent, or more than 3 out of 10 people, are facing unemployment in Pakistan.
There is a direct connection between unemployment and child labour. When there is a high rate of unemployment, families may face financial difficulties and struggle to meet their basic needs. In these situations, parents may decide to send their kids to work so they can help out with the family budget.
The growth of little girl workers is higher compared to boys in Pakistan.
It’s unfortunate that there are small girls who are working in people’s houses instead of being able to go to school or enjoy their childhood.
On the other side, while child labour is increasing, young people are faced with high levels of unemployment, poor jobs and a lack of opportunities for skills development.
It’s high time that we raise awareness about the issue of child labour.
It’s important for society to address this issue and ensure that children are protected from this heinous crime. It is also very beneficial for young generation because young people have more opportunities when there is less child labour.