While the number of children in child labor has declined by 94 million since 2000, according to the UN, the rate of reduction has slowed by two-thirds in recent years. In 2002, The International Labour Organization launched the World Day Against Child Labor to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and what needs to be done to eliminate it. This week we’re staying #GlobalFromHome while learning about child labor around the world.
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Industrialization led to a dramatic increase in child labour. The British Library asked Emma Griffin, a professor of history at the University of East Anglia in the UK to explore the dangerous, exhausting work undertaken by children in factories and mines, and the literary responses of writers including Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.