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International Labour Organisation

The ILO promotes labor rights and encourages decent employment opportunities with social protections for workers.

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Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers

The government, worker and employer delegates at the 100th annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Thursday, 16 June adopted a historic set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

“We are moving the standards system of the ILO into the informal economy for the first time, and this is a breakthrough of great significance,” said Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General. “History is being made.”


a look at hunger in the slums of the world, from India, to Africa, to the United States and Europe.

Roadmap for Achieving the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016

The full text of the Roadmap generated by the Global Child Labour Conference in The Hague May 10th and 11th 2010.

Road to 2016
The Road to 2016: Towards the End of Child Labor

A film by ILO-TV
While the global movement has achieved much progress in reducing the incidence of child labour, efforts must be stepped up if we are to deliver the commitment of a world free of the worst forms of child labour by 2016. In order to meet that challenge, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, in close collaboration with the ILO (and in cooperation with UNICEF and the World Bank), is organizing a global conference on child labour to be held in The Hague (The Netherlands) on 10 and 11 May 2010. For more information see http://www.ilo.org/global/About_the_I…

Piet Hein Donner - Dutch Minister for Social Affairs & Employment
In For the Long Haul – Bringing an End to Child Labor

I have just returned from the Global Child Labour Conference 2010 where a Roadmap for Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour was unanimously adopted. Representatives of organizations and governments came from all over the world to learn from one another and re-charge the campaign to end one of the greatest moral blights of our [...]

Accelerating action against child labour

ILO background report on the current state of global child labour prepared for the Global Child Labour Conference in The Hague, 10-11 May 2010

The Real Story of Cinderella: Children in Domestic Labor

All children are encouraged to lend a hand at home. But a new report from the International Labour Organization, or ILO, highlights the plight of the millions of youngsters who are exploited in domestic service. ILO TV tells the real story of Cinderella.

Convention on the Rights of the Child

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 20 years of age on November 20th, 2009.

The CRC recognizes that childhood is a special time of life that deserves protection and assistance.

193 countries, virtually the entire membership of the United Nations, have ratified this international law which enshrines the rights of children to be raised in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity.

While the United States played central role in drafting the CRC, it remains one of only two countries, Somalia being the other, that has failed to ratify this treaty.

MVC endorses efforts that call for the U.S. to ratify the CRC.

The CRC establishes a legal foundation for the human rights of children all over the world. It asserts that the life of every child is of equal value, without regard to race, colour, sex, language, religion, political opinion or nationality. The CRC is also a detailed road-map for improving and protecting the practical conditions in which children grow up, covering a broad range of issues such as education, health, hunger, safety, exploitation, gender equality, adoption, disabilities, child mortality, juvenile justice.

It’s our belief at Media Voices that the CRC is a landmark document that describes the world that our children deserve. In the months to come, we will post guest commentary, articles, links and information about the CRC and the efforts to have it finally ratified by the U.S. Congress.

Below is a key organization- working towards ratification- with many resources available.

ILO Convention 182

This is the complete text of ILO Convention 182: Recognizing that child labour is to a great extent caused by poverty and that the long-term solution lies in sustained economic growth leading to social progress, in particular poverty alleviation and universal education, and Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office, and having met in its 87th Session on 1 June 1999, and Español Français German The General Conference of the International Labour Organization, International Law

2006 Child Labour Global Report

The International Labour Organization’s first report on the state of global child labor in 5 years, this summary of trends makes the case that things are improving and more children have been removed from the workforce, in particular reductions in the number of children engaged in the worst forms of child labor.
The report imagines the real possibility of ending abusive child labor by increasing access to education. This is a useful overview document for those trying to understand where, why and how child labor occurs and what can be done to reduce it.

Girls and Child Labor Media Summary

This report was prepared by ILO/IPEC to focus attention specifically on girls and child labor for this year’s observance of World Day Against Child Labor (2009). It warns that the global economic slowdown threatens to erode what progress has been made in the last ten years. It is a useful summary of the challenges girls face in claiming their human rights to childhood and education.

Tackling Child Labour in Agriculture

TACKLING CHILD LABOUR IN AGRICULTURE Produced by the International Labour Organization in 2007. Worldwide, agriculture is the sector where by far the largest number of working children can be found – an estimated 70 per cent, of whom 132 million are girls and boys aged 5-14. These children are helping to produce the food and beverages we consume. Their labour is used for crops such as cereals, cocoa, coffee, fruit, sugar, palm oil, rice, tea, tobacco and vegetables. They also work in livestock raising and herding, and in the production of other agricultural materials such as cotton and cottonseed. This film makes the case for involving multinational organizations, organized labour and employers in working to prevent child labour.