Getting a new chance after a life in bonded labour
Shanti and her husband come from a poor community in Kanchanpur, Nepal. In exchange of a piece of land to build a shelter, they got caught in debt bondage. But thanks to Shanti's unwavering determination, and with the support of the ILO Bridge Project, she became a mason, succeeding in offering a decent life to her family while challenging gender biases.
“Now I can look at the future with hope”
Padma Kumari Tamata was born into a bonded labour family, in which debts are passed from one generation to the other. Her life has turned around following ILO-supported skills training in Nepal that aims to rehabilitate former victims of forced labour and empower vulnerable groups.
Imagine your worst experience. How would you want your story told?
Freedom United tells us about their campaign "My Story, My Dignity" to help media portrays victims of modern slavery with respect and empowerment.
Justices of the Peace, allies in the fight against forced labour in Peru
As part of its efforts to eliminate forced labour in Peru’s Amazon region, the International Labour Organization is working in collaboration with the most affected communities.
Hope and better prospects for a former bonded labourer in Nepal
Hundreds of former bonded labourers in western Nepal are benefiting from vocational training under an innovative International Labour Organization scheme. Birendra Chaudhary, now a fully trained and well-paid plumber, is one of them.
How an ILO Protocol has helped combat forced labour in Thai fishing
Since Thailand ratified the International Labour Organization’s 2014 Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention (P29), conditions for workers in the country’s seafood and fishing industry have improved. The ILO’s Ship to Shore Rights project has supported the Thai government in implementing the changes.
End human trafficking: how journalists can make an impact
Meet R.AGE, an award-winning team of investigative journalists who blew the lid off a global nexus of human traffickers in Malaysia.
Recognizing the rights of domestic workers
Domestic workers are one of the groups most vulnerable to exploitation, violence, harassment, and forced labour. Many women end up being trapped in abusive work situations, taking place behind closed doors, and hence remaining largely unnoticed.
Access to justice for migrant workers in Jordan starts with grievance procedures
The combination of effective grievance procedures and action taken by a pioneering Workers’ Centre is helping to put an end to the abuse of migrant workers in Jordan.
Tackling passport retention in palm oil
Ending passport retention is possible! In Malaysia, many employers see no harm in keeping their employees’ passports as a way to avoid turn over. However, some companies have started questioning this common practice and have found a way to ensure that their workers have a safe, secure and accessible location for their passports.
“Change starts in your mind”: How Tsehay Berhane found an alternative to migration
Migrants – mostly women – account for more than 80 per cent of domestic workers in the Arab states, which is the highest percentage globally.
Tackling commercial sexual exploitation of children on Madagascar’s beaches
Poverty and lack of employment prospects make many teenage girls in coastal areas of Madagascar vulnerable to becoming trapped in commercial sexual exploitation. An ILO project supports community efforts to fight against the problem, one of the worst forms of child labour.
Hundreds of Brazilian workers rescued at least twice from slavery in past 15 years
The Digital Observatory of Slave Labour in Brazil, a joint project by the ILO and the Federal Labour Prosecution Office , has issued new data on slave labour in the country.
Making Fair Recruitment a reality!
For the first time, an ILO project fosters Nepalese workers to be recruited fairly to work in Jordan in the garment sector. This project demonstrates that positive change can happen when all the key actors along a supply chain work together.
How the ILO is helping to end forced labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry
Around one in four adults in Uzbekistan are involved with the annual cotton harvest, which takes place between September and November. Learn what the ILO is doing to prevent forced labour during the cotton harvest.
From slave to university student
Poverty forced Brazilian, Rafael Ferreira, into slavery when he was 12 years old. Five years later he was rescued and is now about to start university, with the help of the ILO.
What can businesses do to help end modern slavery?
Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) explains what businesses can do to help end modern slavery.
Fighting modern slavery with drones
Leonardo Sakamoto explains how he and his team use drones, apps and web robots to track down forced labour in supply chains.
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