World Day 2009 events
World Day events will be held in some 50 countries across the world. Events around the world will involve governments, employers and workers, other UN organizations and non-governmental organisations, media events, awareness raising campaigns, cultural performances and other public events.
In Geneva, the ILO will mark the World Day with a an event organised jointly with the City of Geneva and the Geneva-based community organisation Le Respect on the Place des Nations at 1400.
At 1500, a special session of the International Labour Conference will mark the World Day and the tenth anniversary of ILO Convention No. 182 concerning the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Speakers will include ILO Director-General Juan Somavia; U.S. Senator Tom Harkin; Mr. J.W. Botha, employers group spokesperson in the Committee on Child Labour of the 1999 International Labour Conference; and Sir Roy Trotman, workers group spokesperson in the Committee on Child Labour of the 1999 International Labour Conference.
At both Geneva events, the "Haba na Haba" Band composed of young musicians from Kenya will perform. The band members from the slums of Nairobi, have developed their musical skills in a youth centre supported by ILO-IPEC Programme. See the band on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxt_MpXcu5s&feature=related. Click here to access to the full programme.
- ILO says crisis increases risk of girls becoming child labourers
- World Day Against Child Labour – 12 June 2009
- Give girls a chance - Tackling child labour, a key to the future (Media summary)
- Girls in Child Labour Top 100 Million
ARTICLES & STATEMENTS
- Girls in gold-mining: “I don’t want my children to be like me” – Over 18,000 girls and boys are engaged in mining and quarrying in the Philippines. For many generations, the search for gold in small-scale mining has been a means of survival for poor families. Girls in such work are particularly vulnerable. Minette Rimando, ILO press officer in Manila, wrote this report for ILO Online.
- Migrant working girls, victims of the global crisis – More than 100 million girls are involved in child labour worldwide, according to a new ILO report for World Day against Child Labour 2009. The report warns that the global financial crisis could push an increasing number of children, particularly girls, into child labour. ILO Online reports from Moscow where migrant workers and their children are the first to be hit by the crisis.
- UNIACC Statement supporting the World Day Against Child Labour 2009.