Real Madrid campaign against Child Labour (2002)

Real Madrid campaign against Child Labour (2002)


“One, two, three… perfect!” Ronaldo, Raul,
Roberto Carlos and Zidane, just some of the big names
from Real Madrid who will help raise a Red card on
child labour on World Football day. To mark their 100 years as a team, Real Madrid is joining the International
Labour Organization’s campaign to give a red card to child labour. “The symbol of the red card
to me is very powerful. When you show the red card, you mean “you’re out
because you’re not playing the game”. It’s exactly the same thing for child labour. That is to say, to tell the countries, to tell those
who do really exploit children: “you are no longer tolerated. Either you eliminate child labour,
you join forces with us or you’re out”. Real Madrid has already lent their support, recording a television spot
to air during the match. The road to a world
without child labour is long. But the line is clear. 180 million children
work under intolerable conditions. They want to know: which side of the line are you on? With Real Madrid and
the International Labour Organization, Red card to child labour! The aim is to hammer home to the point that millions of children are exposed
to work that is hazardous to their health or their well-being. Metalworker is one of the many forms
child labour can take. ILO programs try to get children into school while offering support to their parents. When the campaign was launched
at the African Cup of Nations in Mali, it struck a chord and fans alike, perhaps because some of
the biggest stars in football may at one time have been
child labourers themselves. “As young people, they were poor and they know what is child labour and they don’t want to see their children to have this necessity
to do the same work.” More than 8 million children are trapped
in slavery, trafficking, prostitution or other criminal activities. But working children still have dreams. They dream of an education, of being president, perhaps even of becoming
a football champion.

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