Joining the fight against child labour

All children have the right to enjoy their childhoods - to grow up in a loving environment, to play, to go to school, and to reach adulthood one step at a time. This is not the reality for an estimated 168 million child labourers worldwide who can be found toiling in sweatshops and mines, on construction sites and on farms.

Some are recruited as child soldiers, others as drug traffickers, some are sexually exploited. These children will never get the chance to make their own choices and thrive. It is unacceptable that millions of children today are trapped in this life.

The ILO has enlisted artists and athletes worldwide to give a voice to those children. Award-winning actors and musicians, as well as high-profile athletes have recorded videos messages, written songs and been photographed with ILO's placards and used their social media networks to raise awareness of child labour.   


  1. Artists give a Red Card to child labour

    Cher, Tim Roth, Pharrell Williams and a number of artists and athletes have been supporting the ILO's Red Card to Child Labour campaign to give a voice to the 168 million child labourers worldwide.

    The campaign kicked-off with an original song, 'Til Everyone Can See, by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and violinist Ann Marie Simpson, with featured artists Travis Barker, Minh Dang, Dominic Lewis, LIZ, Pharrell Williams, and Hans Zimmer.

    A cover version of the song by Thailand's biggest rockstars Toon of Bodyslam and Foet of Slot Machine has had more than two million views.

Featured Supporter

  1. Actor Nicolas Cage calls for an end to child labour

    Nicolas Cage supported the early stages of ArtWorks by sending a message of support asking to end child labour across the world.

Music Against Child Labour

  1. Musicians donate their talent to end child labour

    The Music Against Child Labour initiative, launched in 2013, called upon musicians worldwide to dedicate one concert to the struggle against child labour.

    Conductors Claudio Abbado, José-Antonio Abreu, Daniel Barenboim and singer Pilar Jurado joined the initiative.