Opening of the Children’s views of child labour exhibit

"Children’s views of child labour" is the title of an international exhibit that will be opened at the Italian Department for Equal Opportunities in Rome on 26 January 2010 in the Sala Polifunzionale of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. Isabella Rauti, Head of the Department for Equal Opportunities, will inaugurate the exhibit, together with a representative of the ILO Rome Office.

The exhibit will then be displayed at the Museum of the Capitol “Campidoglio”, in the Sala della Protomoteca, on 6 and 7 February and at the Complesso del Vittoriano Museum, from 8 to 14 February.

The exhibit, which was launched last June by GenevaWorld Association in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, consists of a series of drawings done by children from all over the world. Many of these children have been victims of child labour, which perpetuates the vicious cycle of poverty and denies children their rights. The exhibit is now being promoted by the Department for Equal Opportunities and the Municipality of Rome.

This collection of children’s drawings – an authentic testimony of the injustices and inequalities that exist in the world – invites us to reflect on this problem which is still so widespread: there are over 218 million child labourers in the world, 126 million of which, aged 5 to 14, are engaged in the worst forms of child labour.

See the Department of Equal Opportunities Web page (in Italian) at: http://www.pariopportunita.gov.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1422.