Save the Children

Save the Children

June 11, 2013 13:15 ET

Need a Source: World Day Against Child Labour

Child labour is only part of the story for working children

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 11, 2013) - Tomorrow marks the World Day Against Child Labour, to recognize the millions of children engaged in work that deprives them of their rights and that is harmful to their physical and mental development.

"Far too many children are working in dangerous, exploitative situations," said Patricia Erb, President and CEO of Save the Children. "For 30 years, Save the Children has been protecting children from the most dangerous forms of work, such as sexual exploitation, but this is only part of the story of working children.

"The reality for millions of children is that they must work - to support their families or pay for their education. Those children must not be forgotten. Save the Children works with governments, businesses, and communities to ensure the rights of working children are secure."

In 2012, Save the Children partnered with UNICEF and the UN Global Compact to create the Children's Rights and Business Principles - the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take in the workplace to respect and support children's rights.

Who: Patricia Erb, President and CEO, Save the Children
What: Patricia Erb will be available for interviews to discuss the issues surrounding children and work.
When: June 11 - 12, 2013
Where: Toronto, Ontario
Why: June 12 marks World Day Against Child Labour, to recognize the millions of children engaged in work that deprives them of their rights and that is harmful to their physical and mental development. For over 30 years, Save the Children has advocated for working children. We protect children from the most dangerous forms of work, and we support children in situations where they must work to ensure that all their rights - including protection, education, and play - are realized.

About Save the Children

As the world's leading independent child rights organization, Save the Children's mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We work to create a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation.

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