11 Facts About Labor Rights

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  1. 217 million children ages 5-17 are involved in child labor around the world.
  2. The nominal wages for women are 17 percent lower than men’s.
  3. Every year, roughly 1.2 million children are trafficked to work in agriculture, mining, factories, armed conflict, and commercial sex work.
  4. In certain regions, women provide the majority of agricultural labor (70 percent) and produce 90 percent of the output, while remaining unrepresented in budget deliberations.
  5. 30 percent of all children are child labor workers in the least developed countries.
  6. Women own less than 5 percent of agricultural land in North Africa and Western Asia, and roughly 15 percent in sub-Saharan Africa.
  7. There are 126 million children worldwide working in hazardous conditions and undergoing physical and sexual abuse and humiliation by their employers.
  8. Men outnumber women in paying jobs (despite some progress to close the gender gap) and furthermore, women are frequently victims of more vulnerable forms of employment.
  9. In order to put an end to child labor, it would cost roughly $760 billion over a 20-year period of time.
  10. Women make up 50 percent or more of migrant workers in both Asia and Latin America.
  11. 73 million working children are less than 10-years-old.

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Sources: Compassion, UNIFEM, Good Weave, UN