The International Labour Organization and Its Attempt to Alleviate Child Labour

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Introduction This essay will look at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and its attempts to alleviate child labour up until now. Firstly, a definition of child labour will be provided after which an introductory overview will be given about the ILO’s activities against child labour. Thereafter, a critical assessment will be provided regarding the ILO’s steps against child labour, and some major problems will be highlighted regarding the ILO’s approach to eliminate child labour. Defining Child Labour Mowing the lawn, washing the car and dishes, or cleaning the kitchen are the types of tasks that most children dislike to do. However, tasks such as these are not defined as child labour. Generally speaking, child labour is defined as something along the lines of: ‘Labour that exploits children and restricts their mental and physical development’, and thus household chores, in most cases, cannot be considered to be a form of child labour. However, labour that is not appropriate for children, such as working with dangerous machinery, mining, or work that exposes children to sexual abuse, can be defined as child labour. This is due to the fact that, in situations like the ones described, children are exposed to exploitation and to circumstances that are detrimental to their physical and mental health. That being said, labour in itself is not considered to be necessarily a bad thing for children, since it can provide them with many learning opportunities. For example,
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