The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulates that States that are party to the Convention recognize the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral, or social development. The International Labor Organization estimates that 218 million children between the ages of five and seventeen work in developing countries, mostly in rural agriculture areas. Many children are household workers, and some urban children work in manufacturing and construction. Learn the status of international efforts to end child labor from our guests: Kailash Satyarthi, Chairman of the Global March Against Child Labor; Kristoffel Lieten, Director of the Foundation for International Research on Working Children (IREWOC) and professor of Child Labor Studies at the International Institute of Social History at the University of Amsterdam; and Jo Becker, Director of Advocacy in the Division of Children’s Rights at Human Rights Watch.
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