World Fit For Children Goal: Protect children from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence
Millions of children work to help their families in ways that are neither harmful nor exploitative. But one in six children 5 to 14 years old, about 16 per cent of all children in this age group, is involved in child labour in developing countries. In the least developed countries, 30 per cent of all children are engaged in child labour.
These children are put to work in ways that drain childhood of joy and crush the right to normal physical and mental development, and often interfere with children’s education.
Around 1 in 3 children aged 5–14 in sub-Saharan Africa labours, compared to only 1 in 20 in the Central and Eastern European/ Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) region. Children living in the poorest households and in rural areas are most likely to be involved in child labour. Boys are more likely to be engaged in child labour than girls because the former are more likely to be engaged in economic activity. Those burdened with household chores are overwhelmingly girls.