The Branch provides policy advice, guidance and technical assistance to ILO constituents namely governments, and workers’ and employers’ organizations. The support focuses on how to achieve more inclusive and diverse workplaces; equal pay for work of equal value; maternity protection along with paternity and parental leave; promotion of employment of persons with disabilities and their social protection; and development of community-based frameworks for monitoring indigenous peoples’ access to justice and development, and design of intercultural public policies. GED also shares good practices and lessons learned from around the world such as on tackling occupational sex-segregation and multiple discrimination based on sex, disability and ethnicity.
Work with constituents helps to ensure that institutions and policies, programmes and initiatives are more gender-responsive and inclusive of women and men with disabilities and of indigenous and ethnic groups. GED promotes ratification and implementation of the relevant ILO Conventions and Recommendations on equality, persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples. Showing how these can be implemented is one of the aims of development cooperation projects that the Branch coordinates.