There are 168 million children between the ages of five and 18 years in child labour around the world, doing work they are too young to perform and which denies many of them the opportunity to go to school. Eighty five million of them are in hazardous work and other worst forms of child labour.
• Most children in child labour perform unpaid work in family agriculture, while others are working on big farms, in fishing, construction, mines, factories and in the services sector.
• Some are trafficked; some are victims of commercial sexual exploitation or of drug traffickers.
• Some are forced to fight as child soldiers.
• Millions are in child labour in domestic work.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has the biggest programme in the world to support the struggle against child labour – the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC).
Six musicians - Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy winners and nominees – have come together to support the ILO’s efforts by creating and performing a new song for the ILO’s Red Card to Child Labour campaign, which re-launches on 12 June , World Day Against Child Labour.
The song, “Til Everyone Can See”, is written by Incubus lead guitarist Michael Einziger and violinist Ann Marie Simpson and features artists Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer, Travis Barker, Dom Lewis. LIZ and Minh Dang, a former victim of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
A global audience will be able to listen to the song and join the international chorus of voices against child labour.
June 12 is also the start of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the most watched sports event in the world, with an estimated audience of three billion people. The choice of the Red Card and the launch date of the campaign are deliberate: the Red Card is a powerful image that is recognized across the world as a warning that something is wrong and must stop.
Beyond the new launch song, other musicians around the world are also writing songs for the campaign against child labour via the global Music against Child Labour Initiative. Numerous orchestras too are dedicating concerts, especially around World Day against Child Labour:
Their contributions can be found at: