ILO launches global campaign to end child labourListen /
A global mobilization campaign to help end child labour was announced Thursday in Brazil by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The "Red Card to Child Labour!" Campaign was announced at the closing of the third Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia and already has the support of world-famous artists such as Oscar-winning actor and singer, Cher.
The ILO launched the first Red Card campaign in 2002, to raise public awareness of child labour. Eight years later, the second Global Conference on Child Labour that took place in The Hague committed to eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.
While the number of child labourers across the world has dropped by a third to 168 million over the last decade, progress has been too slow. The 152 countries that participated in the third conference that just ended in Brasilia have renewed their commitment to reach that target.
ILO chief Guy Ryder said "The Red Card is a powerful image that is easily recognisable across the world as a warning that something is wrong and must stop."
Half the world's child workers are trapped in the worst forms of child labour. They work in fields, mines and factories and many are sexually abused, exploited in the drug trade or forced to join armies and militias.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.