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Say no to child labour in domestic work: UN
Announcing the theme of this year's World Day Against Child Labour as 'no to child labour in domestic work', Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General in his message stated, 'There is no room for complacency when 215 million children are still labouring to survive and more than half of these are exposed to the worst forms of child labour, including slavery and involvement in armed conflict.

 “We cannot allow the eradication of child labour to slip down the development agenda - all countries should be striving to achieve this target, individually and collectively."

The UN observance coordinated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) was launched in 2002 to focus attention on the menace of child labour and efforts needed to eliminate it.

According to ILO, each year on 12 June, the observance tries to bring together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

"Around the world, large numbers of children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home." informs ILO.

According to website, childlineindia.org, there is a growing phenomenon is using children as domestic workers in urban areas of India. "The conditions in which children work are completely unregulated, and they are often made to work without food, and very low wages, resembling situations of slavery. There are cases of physical, sexual and emotional abuse of child domestic workers. The argument for domestic work is often that families have placed their children in these homes for care and employment," adds the website.

Accordingly, ILO has urged the world community to carry out legislative and policy reforms to ensure the elimination of child labour in domestic work and the provision of decent work conditions and appropriate protection to young workers in domestic work who have reached the legal working age.

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