There are over 168 million children in child labour worldwide. More than half of them are doing work that puts their health and safety at risk. This is unacceptable. Be part of the global movement, hold up a Red Card to Child Labour and help give children around the world a brand new start.
On 12 June, World Day Against Child Labour, the ILO’s Red Card to Child Labour Campaign kicked-off with an original song, 'Til Everyone Can See, by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and violinist Ann Marie Simpson, with featured artists Travis Barker, Minh Dang, Dominic Lewis, LIZ, Pharrell Williams, and Hans Zimmer.
Norwegian pop-artists Nico & Vinz are among the several artists supporting the campaign through ArtWorks, the ILO's artists engagement programme.
Abject poverty is forcing many Syrian refugee families to send their children to work. In Lebanon, host to over a million refugees from Syria, current and former child labourers held a musical and theatrical performance about their plight.
My eyes sting all of the time. That’s because of the salt. Everyone goes to harvest salt because it’s the only way to make money to buy clothes and school supplies. My parents can’t manage otherwise.”Awa (Senegal), 9-year-old girl
It’s really hard work because the hammer is heavy and you can get hurt. There is also a lot of dust when you crush rocks and it gets in your eyes and makes little cuts."12-year-old boy (Senegal)
One day I didn’t feel well, I was very tired and fell down a few times while I was working. The captain was watching me. He kicked me hard because of this.”Braulio (peru), 14-year-old boy
A person is wise if he works for necessities rather than working for impractical things."Sunita (Nepal), 16 years old
There is no alternative."Sudha, 12 years old girl, stone crusher at a quarry in Nepal
I am the oldest, that’s why I have to be responsible for the family.”Juan Carlos (Guatemala), now 17, has been chipping volcanic rocks since he was 8 years old.
When I worked I wished I was a rich person with freedom. I dreamed about that when I worked. But now I dream about being a smart person, who can do something good for my country and the world.”D. Jargal (Mongolia), 7th-grader, worked in gold mines to help his family
My work was to carry the rubble from the quarry site. These were very sharp stones. My feet bled all the time and all I could do was silently weep in pain but go on."Gopal (India), 12 year-old boy, school dropout.