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To spread awareness against child labour in our society, the United Nations (UN) observes the International Day Against Child Labour on June 12 every year. The theme for this year's U.N. observance is "End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business."

Launched in 2002 by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the day against child labour is observed to give global attention on the issues faced by children across the world and to take effective measures to eliminate it. 

"The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda reaffirms the goal of ending child labour. Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour," says Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.

The U.N. states that more than 168 million children are still in child labour. "This year, the focus for World Day Against Child Labour is on child labour and supply chains. With 168 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present," according to the U.N. website.

Check out a few quotes by famous personalities against child labour:

In India, innocent and poor children are victims of child labour — Malala Yousafzai,  Nobel Peace Prize winning activist.

Some girls cannot go to school because of the child labor and child trafficking — Malala Yousafzai.

Child labor perpetuates poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, population growth, and other social problems — Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize winning activist against child labour.

Child slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work still remains, but I will see the end of child labor in my lifetime — Kailash Satyarthi.

Feeding a child at school is such a simple thing – but it works miracles — Unknown.

Child labour and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labour of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labour to the end of time — Grace Abbott, social worker.

Here are some slogans to be shared on World Day Against Child Labour:

Child in pain is no gain!

For a better nation, stop child exploitation

Small hands can handle a pen better.

Give your girl child pencil, not utensils.

Stop child labour as future depends on them

Every kid deserves their childhood

Say NO to child labour and YES to child education

Don't ask children to take the tool instead send them to school.

Books are the best tools you can give to children