Video and audio stories


  1. Informal Economy: India

    14 June 2011

  2. Social Justice: Ms Nalini Nayak, Self Employment Women Association (SEWA)

    14 June 2011


  1. Social Protection in India

    20 August 2010

    ILO TV interviews Sudha Pillai, Secretary of the Planning Commission of India and former Secretary of Labour and Employment. Ms Pillai is member of a global panel to promote social protection, which met for the first time on 11 and 12 of August in Geneva at the ILO.

  2. India: Ending the Stigma of HIV/AIDS for Construction Workers

    17 June 2010

    In India, construction is one of the fastest growing sectors engaging a large number of migrant workers from across the country. With little knowledge about HIV, and culturally and socially isolated in India’s big cities, migrant workers are especially vulnerable to HIV infection. Informal workers, including migrant workers, make up 93 per cent of India’s 400 million-plus workforce. How to tackle discrimination towards workers with HIV and help prevent the spread of HIV have become a national priority, with the adoption of a national policy on HIV/AIDS and the world of work.

  3. India: Fighting Child Labour with School Lunches

    11 June 2010

    In the past 10 years, more than 30 million children have been taken out of child labour. But according to the ILO's Global Report, today an estimated 215 million children are still working, on the streets, in farm fields, in some of the worst and most hazardous forms of work. Integrated national policies to protect children, get them out of work and into school have made an impact, moving the international community closer to its goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016. One way forward can be found in India, and the world's largest school lunch program.


  1. India: Puppets Versus Child Labour

    28 September 2009

    The art of puppetry has a profound place in India’s deep tradition of storytelling. For centuries, puppets have not only been used to entertain, but to educate, inspire, and even heal the sick and the disabled. Now this ancient Indian art form is being used in a new way, to fight the plague of child labour in India.

  2. India: Finding a Voice in the Silk Industry

    28 September 2009

    When families have no source of immediate income, often the only answer the families seem to have is sending their children to work. And just as the parents themselves were sent to work when they were young, the plague of child labour passes on from one generation to another. But in India’s silk industry, now it is the mothers who are breaking the cycle of child labour. At the same time, thanks to a remarkably successful initiative, the mothers of the silk industry are finding their own voices; in their families, in their communities, and in changing society for the better.

  3. India: Fighting Child Labour with Street Plays

    28 September 2009

    Like every complex problem, the causes of child labour are many: social, economic, cultural, and political factors all play a role. But perhaps the best way to help people understand and do something about the plague of child labour is to reach out to them on their own terms, using stories taken from real life. In India, this unique approach is having remarkable results, and it is playing out on the streets of hundreds of villages.

  4. Building a Safety and Health Culture in India’s Construction Sector

    18 May 2009

    In India’s construction sites, women are doing much of the unskilled heavy work. Effective training can give them a chance to overcome dangerous work practices and provide opportunities to secure skilled, better paying jobs that improve the quality of their lives.