Ramisa Ahmed : World Day Against Child Labour 2020; Voices of DCI Youth Leaders

While it may not be something you think about everyday, June 12, 2020 is a great opportunity for us to reflect on how privileged and blessed we are. As a 17 year old living in the U.S., I just finished highschool, enrolled into college, can drive a car, earn money safely, and am able to live my best life with the help of my parents and friends. However, the majority of children in this world do not get that opportunity. The International Labour Organization reports that there are an estimated 152 million children in child labour, half of which are in hazardous work. These are 152 million kids that are my age and under. Let that sink in.

As we start to grow into young adults, it’s time to start thinking about how we can make a change. We need to change those numbers, for the better. While donating is always a great way to help, I understand that is not always possible. Some other ways we can help in the fight against child labor include, first and foremost, educating yourself. Don’t believe in random statistics and instead, dig for the information on your own.
Other ways you can help are to contact businesses that do business in countries that have child labor, contact local, regional, and national legislators, contact government leaders, and buy fair trade and sweatshop-free products whenever possible. Please continue to spread awareness past the World Day Against Child Labour, and let’s all work together towards bringing child labour to an end!

Ramisa Ahmed
Youth Leader, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI)
Ramisa Ahmed lives in Georgia and will be attending Kennesaw State University as a freshman Mechanical Engineering major. She has recently joined DCI in June 2020 as an intern on their humanitarian mission to aid children in need. Personally, she strives to make a difference in her parents’ home country of Bangladesh through means of engineering innovation.