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Teaching the importance of eliminating child labor

ILO

Promoting decent work

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nation’s specialized agency for the world of work and has the world’s leading program for the elimination of child labor. Underlying the ILO’s work is the importance of cooperation between governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations in fostering social and economic progress.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) was created in 1919, as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, to reflect the belief that universal and lasting peace can be accomplished only if it is based on social justice. The driving forces for the ILO's creation arose from security, humanitarian, political and economic considerations, and it brought together the three major parties: governments, employers, and bodies representing workers’ interests. Today, the ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights, pursuing its founding mission that labor peace is essential to prosperity. It promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection and strengthens dialogue on work-related issues.

The ILO aims to achieve reduction of child labor by strengthening the capacity of countries to deal with the problem, and by promoting a worldwide movement to combat child labor. It works closely with governments and communities to develop effective programs to address the underlying causes of child labor and sees local and national government ownership of these as critical to success.

For more information about the ILO please visit ilo.org

ILO in action with ARISE

The main focus of the ILO with ARISE is to engage in dialogue with national, regional, and local government bodies to improve awareness and advocate for the development and implementation of more effective policies in relation to the reduction of child labor. Activity is based on mainstreaming child labor concerns into relevant government policies and programs. On the ground activities include management of rapid assessments and establishing and running vocational training centers that teach 15-17 year olds new skills such as sewing and production of clothes, bricklaying and carpentry. 

‘ARISE is a ground breaking public-private partnership that develops and tests innovative models. The ILO is very pleased to be working in partnership with JTI and Winrock International. Together, we have a very hands-on and multifaceted approach to reducing child labor.’

The ILO is pleased to be working with JTI and Winrock International because the partnership program recognises that governments must be at the heart of sustainable child labor elimination efforts. We have the opportunity to build capacity, strengthen child labor monitoring mechanisms, and facilitate the comprehensive educational, social and financial support necessary to tackle this very complex problem in earnest.

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Beate Andrees
Branch Chief, Chief of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch of the ILO Governance and Tripartism Department

WHAT WE DO

Our activities

Our activities aim to address the underlying root causes of child labor in the tobacco industry.

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WHERE WE WORK

Brazil, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia

We reach thousands of children and their families.

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Success story

We’re already making progress

Many of the children and families that ARISE has worked with have new opportunities.

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ARISE aims to end child labor in communities where JTI sources tobacco leaf. We work with those directly affected and with others who have the power to change things. Our initiatives are developed and delivered in collaboration with tobacco-growing communities, social partners and governments.