Child labour

ILO Celebrates World Day Against Child Labour in Jordan

The ILO celebrates it work to combat child labour in Jordan with a performance by youth and children who have experienced child labour.

This year’s celebration of World Day Against Child Labour promotes the theme, “Children Should Work on their Dreams, not in the Fields!” – with performances by youth who will advocate against child labour through various artistic performances. The youth performers will be children who have experienced child labour and are presently receiving rehabilitative services through the ILO project MAP16, which works to measure, raise awareness, and engage in policy change on the issue of child labour.

The event and project are organised by the grassroots community-based organisation, Ruwwad Al-Tanmeya, in close collaboration and coordination with Jordan’s Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Social Development. The event will gather representatives from each of the ministries, as well as local non-governmental and community-based organisations, employers, trade unions, and other United Nations and international non-governmental agencies active in the fight against child labour in Jordan. Two success stories of former working children who received educational, psychosocial, vocational, and recreational rehabilitative services will also be displayed at the event.

This year’s World Day Against Child Labour will link the accomplishments of ILO Centenary alongside the ILO’s Future of Work initiative, providing an opportune moment to reflect on the history of ILO efforts to end child labour in Jordan. Additionally, the event will advocate for renewed focus and accelerated action towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal target 8.7 which calls for the “immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour.”

The MAP 16 project in Jordan addresses knowledge gaps on child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking through research, awareness building, policy reform, and capacity building of governments and other members of the tripartite.