Feature stories

This is a list of official ILO feature stories issued by the ILO office in Jakarta and Timor-Leste. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each stories. The most recent stories is at the top.


  1. Heart breaking stories of child workers in domestic roles

    15 November 2012

    A simple house located at Jalan Sagu Gang Gajen no. 52, Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, is full of the jokes and laughter of the girls living there. They are child domestic workers (CDWs) who are busy in the kitchen.

  2. The humble roots of the nature school

    07 November 2012

    Tunas Mulia Nature School was established because of the founder’s concern for child scavengers in Sumur Batu and Bantargebang disposal area (TPA) in Bekasi, West Java. Hundreds of child scavengers who live in temporary huts in that area have dropped out of school.

  3. Learning spirit from the hill of trash

    07 November 2012

    The sun has yet to rise when Tika Lindawati is ready to go to work with a big basket on her back. Slowly, the 10 year old girl climbs a mountain of trash in front of her hut.

  4. Children fight against time

    02 November 2012

    There are still children forced to work hard. They missed their chance to study and are paid little.

  5. Two Indonesian boys in an Australian prison

    02 November 2012

    Indonesian boys were jailed with adult prisoners in an Australian prison. It has been months since they were arrested as criminals in the country. Their road to freedom is complicated.

  6. He wouldn’t hesitate to kill

    02 November 2012

    “I always keep a machete under the bag I use as a pillow. If they really want to kill me, I won’t hesitate in killing them first.”

  7. Child ‘substitute drivers’

    31 October 2012

    Child drivers? “I don’t know about that,” said the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Linda Amalia. “At night, children should study or rest at home.”

  8. Future national football player who “plays” on streets

    31 October 2012

    He once attended a football school in Senayan, but little Ilham eventually “fell” into the streets and now drives for Metromini.

  9. Underage drivers rule the road by night

    31 October 2012

    “It’s not that hard once you’ve got it moving,” says Andi Ilham as he powers a lurching Metro Mini at high speed down a Jakarta street late at night.

  10. The true sole of Indonesia’s child labourers

    21 October 2012

    Fans of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales may remember the story of “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” It was the tale of a humble shoemaker and his wife who struggled with business until mysterious elves came to help in the middle of the night. The elves made fancy shoes and the couple became the richest shoemakers in the country. And while the story is more than 200 years old, it still rings true, especially when looking at today’s fashion industry.