Shezda Afrin : World Day Against Child Labour 2020; Voices of DCI Youth Leaders

Child labor is an issue we work to overcome every day. During the COVID pandemic, we see families across the world facing economic crisis. Unfortunately, some parents think that they have no option but to send their children to work in desperate, low-income situations. We can only imagine how many children in Bangladesh are out of school and are engaging in harmful work in factories. We cannot let this pandemic be another reason why child labor persists. Across the world, children are being deprived of food, shelter, and education during this critical time. Now more than ever, we as an organization must step up to ensure that child labor is not being implemented. For some children being exploited at this very moment, it is not about staying home, not attending extracurriculars, and attending virtual classes. For some children, it is about taking the economic burden of their family on their shoulders, more often than not, unwillingly.
Today, we have become stronger as a society. Collectively, we are speaking out against injustice, all while battling a pandemic. Shouldn’t we, speak out against child labor and child trafficking? Putting an end to this huge global problem is a step towards a better future. Let’s educated about it, search which companies are utilizing child labor, speak out, spread awareness, and support organizations that are fighting against this injustice. Support DCI today.

Shezda Afrin
Youth Leader, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI)
About Shezda Afrin
Shezda lives in Pennsylvania. She has recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. While she was a pre-med, she worked with children to assist them academically and clinically. Shezda has been a volunteer since 2016 and has been involved with DCI in Dhaka as well. She hopes to assist in the change that DCI brings to the children of Bangladesh.