All children have the right to enjoy their childhoods — to grow up in a loving environment, to play, to go to school, and to reach adulthood one step at a time. This is not the reality for an estimated 168 million child labourers worldwide who can be found toiling in sweatshops and mines, on construction sites and on farms. Some are recruited as child soldiers, others as drug traffickers, some are sexually exploited. These children will never get the chance to make their own choices and thrive. It is unacceptable that millions of children today are trapped in this life. ILO’s Red Card to Child Labour gives a voice to those children.
On 12 June, on the International World Day against Child Labour, the campaign was launched worldwide with an original song, ‘Til Everyone Can See, by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and violinist Ann Marie Simpson, with featured artists Travis Barker, Minh Dang, Dominic Lewis, LIZ, Pharrell Williams, and Hans Zimmer.