The ILO, UNICEF, Save the Children and the Lebanese Ministry of Labour launch a first-ever study assessing the scope and characteristics of the increasingly visible phenomenon of one of the worst forms of child labour.
Poverty pushes a high number of children in Kosovo to drop out of school and enter child labour as early as 10 years old. The ILO supports efforts of Kosovo&rsquo;s public institutions and social partners to eliminate child labour, with an emphasis on its worst forms.
The global Initiative was launched in 2013 and calls on orchestras, choirs and musicians of all genres worldwide to dedicate one concert to the struggle against child labour. Sign up to the Manifesto and pledge to dedicate a concert!
The importance of employers in the worldwide movement against child labour has never been clearer. The corporate responsibility to respect human rights, including a child’s right to be free from child labour, is now widely recognized. Today, companies that don’t have a policy against child labour are outside the mainstream.
Nobel Peace Prize
The ILO salutes the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.
For the second time, the ILO has produced global estimates of children in domestic work based on data from national household surveys.
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.
27 March 2015
Video on child labour in emergencies
Child Protection Working Group’s Task Force on the Minimum Standards launch video on child labour in emergencies
24 March 2015
Global estimates and trends 2000-2012
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.
- Publications and resources on child labour