World Day Against Child Labour 2011 in East and Southeast Asia

12 June is observed globally as World Day against Child Labour. The theme this year is children in hazardous work. Many events are held throughout the world, including in East and Southeast Asia


An array of events was held in Cambodia to commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour 2011. These included the launch of a one year intensive programme to make the Phnom Penh Riverside Free of Child Labour, a press conference, a speakers’ event with former child labourers, round table discussions on child labour on national TV and comedy shows on child labour. Particularly important was the entry of the private sector into action against child labour in Cambodia. Many large mobile phone companies sent out SMS messages against child labour to millions of customers: “Cambodia is a Kingdom of Wonder!, Let us make it a Kingdom without Child labour!”

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Jember district free of WFCL by 2015 was declared during the commemoration of the World Day Against Child Labour 2011. A public hearing to discuss the final draft of the district action plan on the elimination of the WFCL was also conducted.


A meeting with a large audience of children was organized to observe the World Day Against Child Labour in Vientiane on 10th June 2011 by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, in collaboration with ILO-IPEC, UNIAP and World Vision Laos. The meeting provided a successful forum to raise awareness on child labour especially among government officials and workers’ and employers’ representatives, and to provide a chance for children to express their views on child labour. The meeting had participation of over 350 people including 250 high school children from Vientiane.

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In Mongolia, a fine art and photo exhibition on child labour, “Colour and Black&White -2,” was held both offline and online. The exhibition provided a good opportunity to raise public awareness on child labour issues through art. In addition, a football match 2011, participated by working children and former working children who benefited from IPEC supported projects, was organized for the second time after the last year. This year, girls’ teams also participated in the games and the event was very much appreciated by stakeholders, partners and children themselves.

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The Philippine World Day Against Child Labour was held at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Manila on 14 June 2011. Highlights of the event include a forum on hazardous work; breakout sessions, games and activities for children-participants; film showing, art workshop and computer session and media forum.


A daylong event, “Creative Operational Campaign Against Child Labour in Hazardous Work,” was organized on 19th June 2011 at Tesco Lotus in Samut Prakarn Province, a neighbouring province of Bangkok by the employers (ECOT) and the workers organisation (NCTL). The event received the most attention during the children’s performance (a play). Children performed different scenarios that led them into child labour. After the play, there was a knowledge sharing session on Child Labour especially those in hazardous work. The speakers touched upon the Thai labour laws that deal with child labour issues, definition of child labour, working condition especially in the shrimp and seafood sectors and in the agricultural sector.

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The World Day Against Child Labour in Viet Nam included a range of activities such as a drawing competition for pupils at both primary and lower secondary levels; a series of reportages on child labour and a game-show on national TV to raise awareness of people on child labour. The top event was a meeting on 10 June 2011 where the Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Director of ILO Country Office for Viet Nam RieVejs-Kjeldgaard and Spanish Ambassador Fernando CurcioRuigumez had a dialogue on Child Labour issues in Vietnam and jointly delivered awards to the children who won the drawing competition on child labour. The call to collect 5,000 signatures to stop child labour was initiated at the meeting as well.

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