News

2021

  1. Child Labour

    African musicians win Music Against Child Labour Competition

    12 June 2021

    The winning songs, from Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe, raise awareness of child labour and were chosen by a celebrity jury who reviewed more than 200 entries from 50 countries.

  2. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Lokua Kanza: We can all act to ensure a better future for our children

    09 April 2021

    Congolese singer and songwriter, Lokua Kanza, will be one of the judges of the Music Against Child Labour Initiative’s global music competition, launched by the youth music organization Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) in collaboration with the ILO. He says it’s time to act to ensure a better future for children, and called on musicians to raise awareness of child labour by taking part in the competition, which closes on 12 April.

  3. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Juan Diego Flórez: Music offers hope to children

    07 April 2021

    The Music Against Child Labour Initiative's international song competition will be judged by celebrated opera singer, Juan Diego Flórez.

  4. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Ralph Johnson: Act now to protect our children

    18 March 2021

    The Music Against Child Labour Initiative's international song competition will be judged by Grammy Winner and founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Ralph Johnson.

  5. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Laura Pausini: Education and music empowers children

    10 March 2021

    The Music Against Child Labour Initiative's international song competition will be judged by Grammy and Golden Globe Winner, Laura Pausini.

  6. © Asitha Seneviratne 2021

    Voices

    A song to let children fly

    03 February 2021

    Sri Lankan music star Ridma Weerawardena talks about his hit song "Let them fly" and why he decided to join the fight against child labour. Read more on our new multimedia Voices platform.

  7. Press release

    Music competition launched to raise awareness of child labour

    03 February 2021

    The competition aims to harness the power of music to help combat child labour, which affects 152 million children worldwide.

  8. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    AR Rahman: Let's use the power of music to fight child labour

    03 February 2021

    Music transcends all barriers. The Music Against Child Labour Initiative launches an international song competition this February with AR Rahman as one of the esteemed judges.

2020

  1. World Children’s Day

    Kids United sings against child labour

    20 November 2020

    French youth music group, Kids United New Generation, has lent their voices to the ILO’s global campaign to end child labour. Their latest song highlights the urgent need to take action and calls on governments and organizations around the world to do more.

  2. Song

    "Take a Stand" - Song calling for action to end child labour

    "Take a Stand" song by the French band Kids United New Generation, dedicated to the UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, 2021.