Every 12 June, the World Day against Child Labour is commemorated under a key theme. In 2022, the global call was "Universal social protection to end child labour".
Social protection is both a human right and a potent policy tool to prevent families from resorting to child labour in times of crisis. However, as of 2020 and before the COVID-19 crisis took hold, only 46.9 % of the global population were effectively covered by at least one social protection benefit. Coverage for children is even lower. Nearly three quarters of children, 1.5 billion, lacked social protection.
There is an urgent need to invest more and better in universal social protection systems that ensure that all children and adolescents can develop their innate potential and enjoy a childhood free from the scourge of child labour.
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