This session will delve into key challenges and opportunities to support the transition of young people 15 to 24 years of age into decent work, especially when they have experienced hazardous employment or Occupational Safety and Health risks. The panel will share actions, progress made, good practices and challenges that target the dual goal of eliminating child labour while boosting the quality and protection of youth in the labour market, taking into account gender and no discrimination issues. To put the issue into perspective, the situation of the families will also be discussed. In particular, some speakers will explain the positive impact of combatting discrimination and improving livelihoods of vulnerable households on the reduction of child labour, the access to good education for children and ultimately on decent work for youth, including through some examples of vocational training to promote entrepreneurship.
35 million children in child labour are between the ages of 15 and 17 and while they may have reached the legal minimum age to work, their right to safe and decent work is not respected.