1. The 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women adopted agreed conclusions

    The agreed conclusions on "Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work" identify gaps and challenges, and provide action-oriented recommendations for all States, relevant non-governmental bodies, mechanisms and entities of the UN System and other relevant stakeholders.

  2. ILO celebrates International Women's Day

    The year 2011 marks the centenary of International Women’s Day, and the theme of the ILO’s celebrations is: "Making the crisis recovery work for women!" as we will endeavour to show the importance of including women in recovery policies after the financial crisis.

  3. UN Women Launch – Remarks by USG Michelle Bachelet

  4. ILO and UNESCO side event at 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

    This side event on "Quality Education for Girls Leads to Decent Work for Women" offered an opportunity to share views and experiences on the importance of ensuring girls' access to education in order to facilitate their access to employment and decent work.

  5. New UN Women’s head lays out 100-day action plan


  1. Promoting Gender Equality in the World of Work in Brazil, Angola, South Africa, India, China (BASIC) Knowledge Sharing Forum

    The Norwegian funded BASIC project has been operational throughout 2010.The purpose of the knowledge sharing forum is for project staff and ILO constituents to reflect and share information on what they have achieved under the project, and to learn from each other in how they may advance gender equality in the world of work going forward.

  2. Book Launch: Gender Disparities in Africa's Labour Market

    The International Institute for Labour Studies is organizing a research seminar to launch "Gender Disparities in Africa’s Labour Market". The authors - Jorge Arbache (World Bank), Ewa Filipak (AFD), and Alexandre Kolev (ILO/ITC) - will present the book, followed by discussants from ILO. The event will be chaired by Jane Hodges, GENDER's Director.

  3. ILO meets with European Institute for Gender Equality

    Ms Virginija Langbakk and Ms Barbara Wurster, respectively Director and Head of Operations of the Lithuania-based European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) came to ILO HQ to share information, gain ideas for best practices, and explore future collaboration on gender equality in the world of work.

  4. U.N.Women: What does it mean for the ILO?

    A GENDER & PARDEV joint initiative. Lunch time talk - open Q&A format with key speakers Ms Alette van Leur, Director PARDEV and Ms Jane Hodges, Director GENDER

  5. ILO and ACFTU join hands to strengthen workers’ education, promote gender equality and decent work

    ILO and the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) joined hands in promoting gender equality and decent work through strengthening workers’ education and social dialogue at a workshop in Shanghai.

  6. U.N. Women established

    This new UN entity will accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.

  7. ECOSOC Ministerial Breakfast on Global Jobs Pact: Crisis Recovery through Women's Economic Empowerment

    Participants in this roundtable, hosted by ILO and UNDP, learned about equitable good practices for women and men based on the Global Jobs Pact when responding to the economic crisis. Also highlighted was the effectiveness of building a gender-responsive social protection floor, combined with public employment guarantee schemes for unemployed and working poor. A summary of the rountable includes highlights of panelists' comments and discussions with participants.

  8. New International Labour Standard on HIV and AIDS

    In June 2010, a Recommendation on HIV/AIDS and the world of work was adopted by the International Labour Organization. The Recommendation covers “all workers under all forms or arrangements, and at all workplaces”. It notes that “women and girls are at greater risk and are more vulnerable to HIV infection and are disproportionately affected by the HIV pandemic compared to men as a result of gender inequality, and that women’s empowerment is therefore a key factor in the global response to HIV and AIDS”.

  9. Gender and employment inter-relationships discussed at ILC Committee on Employment

    The strategies used to ensure gender issues are crosscutting across the employment objectives of ILO work were highlighted during a meeting of the Committee on the Recurrent Item on Employment, held during the 99th session of the International Labour Conference.

  10. ILO Inter-Regional Learning Forum

    This annual forum was jointly hosted by GENDER and the ILO Regional Office for Africa.

  11. ILO celebrates International Women's Day

    Each year, ILO celebrates International Women’s Day with an event honouring women of courage and conviction, from different aspects of the world of work. In 2010, the theme for ILO's celebration is "What’s working for working women!".


  1. Pan-African Forum on Women’s Entrepreneurship Development in Response to the Financial and Economic Crisis

    Part of the implementation framework of the Global Jobs Pact and preparation for the First African Decent Work Symposium on Recovering from the Crisis.

  2. Regional Conference on the Social Economy – Africa’s Response to the Global Crisis

    This conference brought together social economy promoters and stakeholders from Africa, government representatives from 15 African countries, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and ILO specialists to adopt an action programme.

  3. Committee on Gender Equality - International Labour Conference

    At the 2009 International Labour Conference delegates from governments, employers' and workers' organizations held a general discussion on gender equality in the world of work.

  4. ILO celebrates International Women's Day

    Work and family: The way to care is to share!