A report released by the International Labor Organization and UNICEF in 2021 estimated some 160 million children — almost one in 10 — worldwide were caught up in forced child labor, an increase of 8.4 million children over the previous four years.
Pope Francis recently addressed this issue with Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organisation, at the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour in South Africa.
Brigidine Sisters remain committed to working with others to find ways of protecting the dignity and rights of children, especially through the promotion of social protection systems and access to education for all.
For further information about these challenges go to: https://www.catholicnews.com/poverty-driving-children-into-forced-labor-must-be-tackled-Pope-says/
The World Day Against Child Labor is marked on June 12. https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-day-against-child-labour