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Child labour in Malawi
Emmanuel Amon, 18, spent most of his childhood working in the tobacco fields of Malawi. But today, he's preparing for college after graduating from a prestigious secondary school. Emmanuel explains how the ILO helped him leave fields and get an education.
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World Day Against Child Labour 2014
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For the second time, the ILO has produced global estimates of children in domestic work based on data from national household surveys.
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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.
Source: Marking progress against child labour - Global estimates and trends 2000-2012 (ILO-IPEC, 2013).

Just released

  1. Viet Nam National Child Labour Survey 2012 - Main Findings

    31 July 2014

    The Viet Nam’s General Statistics Office (GSO), with technical support from ILO-IPEC, conducted a National Child Labour Survey (NCLS) in 2012 to establish a national child labour database and contribute to the global target of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016. This report, prepared by the Viet Nam’s Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA), was developed from the data set provided by the NCLS 2012.

  2. Tackling child labour and protecting young workers in domestic work - A resource manual

    04 July 2014

    Global March and ILO-IPEC launch a Resource Manual on child domestic work

  3. Football resource kit – Using football in child labour elimination and prevention projects

    13 June 2014

    The Resource Kit was developed in collaboration with FIFA and it seeks to underline how football can be used as a recreational activity in child labour elimination and prevention projects.


  1. Conference

    III Global Conference on Child Labour - Brasilia, 8-10 October 2013

    The ILO will participate in the III Global Conference on Child Labour which will bring together representatives from government, social partners, civil society, regional and international organizations to share policies and experiences in the global fight against child labour.

    The Conference – organized by the Brazilian Government – will be an opportunity to reflect on the progress made since the previous global conference was held in The Hague in 2010, and to discuss ways to accelerate global efforts against child labour – especially its worst forms.

World Day Against Child Labour
12 June 2014

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