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Child labour in Central Asia
In Central Asia, a programme supported by the ILO is bringing government, trade unions and employers together to successfully fight the worst forms of child labour.
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Child labour in Malawi
Emmanuel Amon, 18, spent most of his childhood working in the tobacco fields of Malawi. But today, he's preparing for college after graduating from a prestigious secondary school. Emmanuel explains how the ILO helped him leave fields and get an education.
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Campaign
People from every region in the world have been inspired to support the Red Card Campaign. See the highlights.
  1. Join the Red Card to Child Labour Campaign, download the song 'Til everyone can see by Mike Einziger with Pharrell Williams
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World Day Against Child Labour 2014
This year, World Day Against Child Labour draws attention to the role of social protection in keeping children out of child labour and removing them from it.
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A win-win option for businesses and communities
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For the second time, the ILO has produced global estimates of children in domestic work based on data from national household surveys.
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Facts and figures

  • Global number of children in child labour has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children. More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work (down from 171 million in 2000).
  • Asia and the Pacific still has the largest numbers (almost 78 million or 9.3% of child population), but Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the region with the highest incidence of child labour (59 million, over 21%).
  • There are 13 million (8.8%) of children in child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the Middle East and North Africa there are 9.2 million (8.4%).
  • Agriculture remains by far the most important sector where child labourers can be found (98 million, or 59%), but the problems are not negligible in services (54 million) and industry (12 million) – mostly in the informal economy.
  • Child labour among girls fell by 40% since 2000, compared to 25% for boys.
Source: Marking progress against child labour - Global estimates and trends 2000-2012 (ILO-IPEC, 2013).

News

  1. ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour

    Tackling Child Labour in Central Asia

    08 September 2014

  2. ILO Blog

    From child labour to elite academy

    19 August 2014

Key resources

  1. Global estimates and trends 2000-2012

    Marking progress against child labour

    This is the fourth issue of the ILO’s report series: Global Estimates on Child Labour. The present Report provides new global and regional estimates on child labour for the year 2012 and compares them with the previous estimates for 2000, 2004 and 2008.

ILO videos on child labour

Campaigns

  1. Join the campaign

    12 June 2014 - 1 September 2016

  2. "Music against Child Labour" Initiative

    8 October 2013 - 31 December 2014

Events

  1. Eradicating forced and child labour from the supply chains: How to institute real change?

    1 - 12 September 2014, Online discussion at: http://apflnet.ilo.org/discussions

ILO Programmes against child labour

  1. International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC)


    Created in 1992, IPEC has grown to become the biggest dedicated child labour programme in the world and the largest technical cooperation programme within the ILO. It is now operational in some 90 countries, benefiting millions of children worldwide.

Good practices in combating child labour

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