"Music against Child Labour" Initiative
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"Music against Child Labour" Initiative

The global Music Against Child Labour Initiative was launched in 2013. It links the ILO and its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) with famous conductors, musicians, musicians’ organizations and music education bodies.

The Initiative’s Manifesto calls on orchestras, choirs and musicians of all genres worldwide to dedicate one concert between October 2013 and December 2014 to the struggle against child labour. The first concert in the main series will be performed in October during the III Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia.


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Music is a universal language. The Initiative is inspired by the power of music to communicate to wide audiences. Experience shows that involving socially excluded children in structured musical activity and education can help protect them from child labour. Good music and arts education helps makes schools more attractive and child friendly.

This Initiative is supported by the following founders: Claudio Abbado; José-Antonio Abreu; Alessio Allegrini, Founder, Musicians for Human Rights; Daniel Barenboim; Pilar Jurado; Benoît Machuel, General Secretary of the International Federation of Musicians; Diego Matheuz; Rodolfo Mederos; Eduardo Mendez, Executive Director of the Simon Bolivar Music Foundation “El Sistema”; Antonio Mosca, Director of the Suzuki Orchestra, Turin; Guy Ryder, Director General, ILO; and Blasko Smilevski, General Secretary of Jeunesses Musicales International.


Launch video

Anthem against child labour

"Anthem Against Child Labour " by the Global March Against Child Labour and BBA-SACCS, features Punjabi rock singer and actor Jasbir Jassi. Lyrics by Kailash Satyarthi, President of the Global March against Child Labour. Song produced for the World Day Against Child Labour 2014.

Kailash writes "Anthem against Child Labour is not merely a song, but the musical spark to liberate shackled innocence and stolen childhood. It is the loudest chorus to unite all voices, minds and souls for emancipation from child slavery. My feelings and emotions along with the children's quest for freedom have been brought alive by noted singer Jassi's magical voice and reverberating music".

The “Choeur pour l’abolition du travail des enfants” from Côte d'Ivoire performed: "Mon enfant" and "Petits travailleurs"

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