View children’s drawings on child labour and find out how to use art for advocacy

Document | 29 July 2009

An exhibition of children’s drawings entitled “Children’s views of child labour” has been unveiled at the International Labour Organization (ILO), and serves as a vivid reminder of the inequalities and injustices that exist in our globalized world and the need for urgent action to end child labour.

These drawings, collected by GenevaWorld Association, are not only an amazing collective expression of phenomenal artistic talent, but are an incredibly touching and accurate portrayal of the sad reality of child labour in countries around the world. Many of the authors have themselves been victims of child labour.

Through these drawings, the children are calling on decision-makers to eliminate child labour and to work to give all children an education. They are showing solidarity with the millions of children who are deprived of their basic human rights, and especially those who work in the worst forms of child labour, as outlined in ILO Convention No. 182, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

This exhibition demonstrates the important role that children can play in raising awareness of child labour, of speaking out against these injustices and contributing to decision-making processes. We need to listen to their pleas and support them to become empowered and to be heard.

If you are interested in hosting the exhibition please contact IPEC@ilo.org. The panels are made of light-weight material and can be easily erected.

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