Child Labour

  • Civil Society Consultation #1

    The government of Argentina launched an online consultation to facilitate the contributions of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The consultation is coordinated by the ILO.

    Responses are accepted until May 26, 23:59 GMT

  • ILO welcomes major step to end child labour in India

    India will have ratified six out of eight ILO fundamental conventions.

  • ILO InfoStories· website on labour issues

    The website allows users to delve into a broad range of multimedia content on particular themes, such as child labour, forced labour, collective bargaining and discrimination in the workplace.

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    Child labour in domestic work

    Learn more about what is child domestic work and what does constitute child labour in domestic work?

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.

Videos on child labour

A mobile application against child labour

  1. Eliminating and preventing child labour: Checkpoints for Companies

    This app allows business managers and auditors to create interactive checklists that will help them ensure a child labour-free operation. There are 18 checkpoints in total, divided into six categories. Each checkpoint provides best-practice recommendations for taking action.