ArtWorks news and events

  1. International Domestic Workers Day

    Domestic workers are essential care workers

    16 June 2021

    Marking the 10th anniversary of ILO Convention No. 189, academy award-winning director, Alfonso Cuarón calls for stronger protection of the rights of domestic workers. Convention 189 has been hailed as a breakthrough for the tens of millions of domestic workers around the world.

  2. International Domestic Workers Day

    Let’s step up to protect domestic workers’ rights

    16 June 2021

    The pandemic highlighted the critical role of care workers such as domestic workers. However, the majority of these workers are in the informal economy. They continue to suffer from poor working conditions, lack of income insurance, employment support and medical care. Ten years ago, the ILO adopted Convention No. 189 that granted their labour rights. Yet, there is a lot of ground to cover to recognize domestic workers as essential service providers.

  3. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Lokua Kanza: We can all act to ensure a better future for our children

    09 April 2021

    Congolese singer and songwriter, Lokua Kanza, will be one of the judges of the Music Against Child Labour Initiative’s global music competition, launched by the youth music organization Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) in collaboration with the ILO. He says it’s time to act to ensure a better future for children, and called on musicians to raise awareness of child labour by taking part in the competition, which closes on 12 April.

  4. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Juan Diego Flórez: Music offers hope to children

    07 April 2021

    The Music Against Child Labour Initiative's international song competition will be judged by celebrated opera singer, Juan Diego Flórez.

  5. Video

    Celebrity voices, true stories of modern slavery

    31 March 2021

    More than 50 countries have now ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, meeting the target set for the 50 for Freedom campaign, which urges governments to take action on forced labour. Since the campaign was launched, a number of celebrity advocates have told the harrowing stories of people trapped in modern slavery in order to raise awareness of the issue. Listen to some of their stories.

  6. Modern slavery

    We all have a role in ending modern slavery

    23 March 2021

    Humanitarian photographer, Lisa Kristine, has exposed the horrors of modern day slavery through her images. Fifty countries have now ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol. However, we all have a role to play in eliminating modern day slavery for good, she says.

  7. Forced labour

    More countries should ratify ILO Forced Labour Protocol, says Wagner Moura

    22 March 2021

    Actor and ILO forced labour champion, Wagner Moura, has called on more countries to ratify the ILO’s Forced Labour Protocol, after the 50 for Freedom campaign to end modern slavery reached its landmark target.

  8. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Ralph Johnson: Act now to protect our children

    18 March 2021

    The Music Against Child Labour Initiative's international song competition will be judged by Grammy Winner and founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Ralph Johnson.

  9. Video

    JONA OAK and fellow artists on women and the world of work

    11 March 2021

    Musician JONA OAK, writer and composer of the ILO International Women's Day song "We Sing", joins her artist collaborators to discuss the qualities women bring to the world of work and the importance of closing gender gaps.

  10. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Laura Pausini: Education and music empowers children

    10 March 2021

    The Music Against Child Labour Initiative's international song competition will be judged by Grammy and Golden Globe Winner, Laura Pausini.