Child Labour, Bangladesh, child protection, advocacy

Ending Violence Against Children: Child Labour

As of 2018, despite some progress made, child labour continues to affect 6.8% of children aged 5-17 in Bangladesh. The National Child Labour Survey (CLS) conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) indicates that the number of working children aged 5-17 decreased from 7.6 million to 3.5 million between 2003 and 2013. Among them, the number of children engaged in hazardous labour was 3.2 million – which was reduced to 1.7 million in 2013 (-47%). As per data collected in 2013, the informal sector employs 95% of working children. More recently, the Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) indicated that in 2018, 6.8% of children aged 5-17 were engaged in child labour. This policy brief outlines World Vision’s advocacy at the local level in Bangladesh to raise awareness of national laws to protect children and prevent children from falling into hazardous labour practices.