1. Football resource kit

    Using football in child labour elimination and prevention projects

Red Card to Child Labour

  1. There are over 168 million children in child labour worldwide. More than half of them are doing work that puts their health and safety at risk. This is unacceptable. Join the Red Card to Child Labour Campaign and help give children around the world a brand new start.

    The ILO’s Red Card to Child Labour 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.

Our ArtWorks supporters

  1. Lê Công Vinh holds up the Red Card

    ArtWorks is the ILO's artists' engagement programme that works with artists to promote fundamental rights in the world of work. Footballer Lê Công Vinh is among the several artists and athletes supporting the campaign through ArtWorks.

  • My eyes sting all of the time. That’s because of the salt. Everyone goes to harvest salt because it’s the only way to make money to buy clothes and school supplies. My parents can’t manage otherwise.”

    Awa (Senegal), 9-year-old girl
  • It’s really hard work because the hammer is heavy and you can get hurt. There is also a lot of dust when you crush rocks and it gets in your eyes and makes little cuts."

    12-year-old boy (Senegal)
  • One day I didn’t feel well, I was very tired and fell down a few times while I was working. The captain was watching me. He kicked me hard because of this.”

    Braulio (peru), 14-year-old boy
  • A person is wise if he works for necessities rather than working for impractical things."

    Sunita (Nepal), 16 years old
  • There is no alternative."

    Sudha, 12 years old girl, stone crusher at a quarry in Nepal
  • I am the oldest, that’s why I have to be responsible for the family.”

    Juan Carlos (Guatemala), now 17, has been chipping volcanic rocks since he was 8 years old.
  • When I worked I wished I was a rich person with freedom. I dreamed about that when I worked. But now I dream about being a smart person, who can do something good for my country and the world.”

    D. Jargal (Mongolia), 7th-grader, worked in gold mines to help his family
  • My work was to carry the rubble from the quarry site. These were very sharp stones. My feet bled all the time and all I could do was silently weep in pain but go on."

    Gopal (India), 12 year-old boy, school dropout.

Success stories

  1. From child labour to prestigious academy

    Emmanuel Amon, 18, spent most of his childhood working in the tobacco fields of Malawi. But today, he’s preparing for college after graduating from a prestigious academy. Emmanuel explains how the ILO helped him leave the fields behind so that he could get an education.

Changing lives

  1. Tackling child labour in Central Asia

    In Central Asia, a program supported by the ILO is bringing government, trade unions and employers together to successfully fight the worst forms of child labour.