News on forced labour

April 2021

  1. The ILO launches the second phase of the Fair Recruitment Initiative

    08 April 2021

    The ILO launches the 2021-25 Fair Recruitment Initiative, which aims to ensure that recruitment practices nationally and across borders are grounded in labour standards, are developed through social dialogue, and ensure gender equality.

  2. Switzerland and the ILO sign a new framework agreement

    01 April 2021

    The ILO also welcomes the announcement of Switzerland’s membership in Alliance 8.7

  3. Malawi’s Ministry of Labour pledges to accelerate efforts for the eradication of child labour

    01 April 2021

    The Deputy Minister of Labour, Malawi, Honourable Vera Kamtukule has joined the African Union and its Member States, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and other stakeholders in adding her voice in pursuit of the global target to eliminate child labour in all its forms by 2025.

March 2021

  1. Celebrity voices, true stories of modern slavery

    31 March 2021

    More than 50 countries have now ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, meeting the target set for the 50 for Freedom campaign, which urges governments to take action on forced labour. Since the campaign was launched, a number of celebrity advocates have told the harrowing stories of people trapped in modern slavery in order to raise awareness of the issue. Listen to some of their stories.

  2. Q&A: RTA Fellowships and Seed Grants

    29 March 2021

    The ILO project “From Research to Action”, in collaboration with IOM, will award 3 research fellowships and 10 seed grants.

  3. © ILO 2021

    Fifty steps forward against forced labour

    26 March 2021

    Sudan’s ratification of the ILO Protocol on Forced Labour and Conventions on freedom of association and social dialogue, was marked in a virtual ceremony with the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  4. Time to make a difference in the lives of millions in forced labour, urges ILO DG

    25 March 2021

    In congratulating the 50 countries that have now ratified the ILO’s Forced Labour Protocol, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, called on all the other countries who haven’t yet ratified to follow suit.

  5. Freedom from slavery is non-negotiable

    25 March 2021

    With the target now met of 50 ratifications of the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, says he refuses to accept that modern slavery cannot be eliminated.

  6. A future with hope, free from bonded labour

    24 March 2021

    Padma Kumari Tamata was born into a bonded labour family, in which debts are passed from one generation to the other. Her life has turned around following ILO-supported skills training in Nepal that aims to rehabilitate former victims of forced labour and empower vulnerable groups. Read her story on our new Voices multimedia platform.

  7. Make the eradication of modern slavery a political priority

    23 March 2021

    As we celebrate the 50th ratification of the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, activist and 50 for Freedom champion, Leonardo Sakamoto, calls on governments to make the eradication of modern slavery a political priority.