News

2020

  1. Video

    I know what I want!

    31 July 2020

    11-year-old Thandar Aung from Myanmar dreams of being an engineer, or maybe a teacher or a doctor.

  2. Press release

    Myanmar gears up to implement minimum working age convention

    30 July 2020

    The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population (MoLIP), together with the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, and Myanmar workers and employers’ organisations, and child protection civil society organizations today have come together in a webinar to lay the foundation for the implementation of the ILO Minimum Age Convention No. 138, ratified by Myanmar on 8 June 2020 and will take effect in June 2021.

  3. Video

    A Deadly Gamble

    20 July 2020

    In A Deadly Gamble, Seng Mai and Zin Min explore the extreme dangers of working in Myanmar’s ‘Land of Jade’ in Kachin State. Swarms of workers pick through waste dumped by mining companies late into the night in the hope of finding a precious stone that will offer a route out of poverty.

  4. Our impact, their voices

    Parents send their children to child labour to overcome the economic crisis of COVID-19

    25 June 2020

    In light of the increased number of children in child labour in agriculture as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, eliminating child labour requires coordinated action more than before. The ILO in consultation with the Egyptian Government and social partners continue to support eliminating child labour in cotton supply chain.

  5. COVID-19: Impact on child labour

    ILO, UNICEF urge Malaysia to tackle child labour issue

    25 June 2020

    In commemoration of the World Day against Child Labour, ILO, UNICEF and the Malaysian stakeholders discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on child labour and the means to address them.

  6. World Day Against Child Labour

    “I just want to go to school”: New Myanmar photo exhibitions offer powerful insights into the lives of children trapped in child labour

    18 June 2020

    A six-year-old who begs at a Pagoda to buy medicine for her sick mother, so desperate to return to school that she often still wears her old school uniform. A fisherman who has worked on Or Khom lake since he was five years old. A girl who burns plastic for 1.20 US dollars a day on a rubbish tip, dreaming of becoming a dress maker and giving her younger brother a better life.

  7. COVID-19 and child labour

    Indonesia strengthen its efforts to combat child labour as an impact of the pandemic

    16 June 2020

    To commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), relevant national stakeholders examined ways to tackle the threat of COVID-19 to the increased child labour.

  8. COVID-19 and child labour

    The fight of child labour in Timor-Leste starts from the families

    15 June 2020

    In conjunction with the commemoration of the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), the government of Timor-Leste called for the important role of the families in combating child labour, particularly during the pandemic.

  9. World Day Against Child Labour

    Joint message from the ILO and UNICEF to mark the World Day Against Child Labour

    12 June 2020

    The 2020 World Day Against Child Labour focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on Child Labour, while looking forward to the International Year on the Elimination of Child Labour, 2021. On the occasion of the World Day, a joint ILO-UNICEF paper entitled “COVID-19 and child labour: A time of crisis, a time to act” has been released. The paper looks at some of the main ways through which the pandemic is likely to affect progress towards the eradication of child labour.

  10. © Issouf Sanogo / AFP 2020

    COVID-19 and child labour

    COVID-19 may push millions more children into child labour – ILO and UNICEF

    12 June 2020

    Child labour down by 94 million since 2000, a gain now under threat.