Below are some facts relating to child labour in Nepal. For more information about these statistics, visit CWIN.
Of working children in Nepal:
- 64% go to school, 36% do not go to school
- 26% of male children do not go to school
- 49% of female children do not attend school.
- 1.4 million are involved in unpaid activities
- 278,000 in paid.
4 out of 10 children work in Nepal (41.7%). 6 out of 10 child labourers are girls. 1.7 million children in Nepal are engaged in economic activity:
Girls work longer hours than boys:
- 88% of girls work 14 hours or more per day
- 35% of girls worked 42 hours or more per week
- 80% of boys work 14 hours or more per day
- 22% of boys worked 42 hours or more per week.
More children work in the mountains than in the Terai:
- 52.3% children work in the mountain region
- 45.4% in the hilly region
- 36.3% in the Terai region.
127,000 children are involved in the most hazardous work. The worst forms of child labour in Nepal are:
- 57,000 bonded child laborers between age group 5-18.
- 55,000 domestic workers
- 46,029 child porters
- 12,000 girls are trafficked every year and 20% of the sex workers in Nepal are under age of 16
- 4,000 rag pickers earning 60p a day (88% boys and 12% girls).