1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. U.N. Women established

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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”.

  8. 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.

  9. ILO Inter-Regional Learning Forum

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

  10. 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!

  5. Working Women's Equal Opportunities and Treatment - From Beijing 1995 to MDGs 2010 to Real Gender Equality

    Tripartite panel discussion, organized by the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations in New York and the ILO Bureau for Gender Equality, held at UN Headquarters in New York to coincide with the 54th session in 2010 of the Commission on the Status of Women.


  1. International Conference on Gender, Migration and Development - Seizing Opportunities, Upholding Rights

    The conference seeks to (a) highlight rights violations against women migrant workers and (b) provide a forum for policy dialogue, highlighting good practice in policies and programmes that protect the rights of women migrant workers at all stages of migration.

  2. Knowledge Sharing for Gender Mainstreaming

    Using knowledge sharing to promote gender mainstreaming in Decent Work Country Programmes was the focus of a training held in Turin, Italy from 5-9 May 2008.

  3. Investing in Decent Work for Women: Not Just Right, but Smart

    Each year, ILO marks International Women’s Day in Geneva with a major event to honour extraordinary women from all aspects of the world of work. This event has become a visible occasion for the people of Geneva as well as the international media to address women’s rights and achievements in the world of work.

  4. Planning Meeting on the Joint Immediate Outcome on Gender Equality

    Participants at a meeting held 17 January at ILO headquarters in Geneva discussed entry points in the ILO Programme and Budget (P&B) for 2008-09 for advancing gender equality in the world of work. The meeting, which brought together some 35 representatives of ILO work units, was organized by the Bureau for Gender Equality.


  1. ILO Gender Equality Action Plan 2008-09

    At the November 2007 session in Geneva of the ILO Governing Body, a revised Gender Action Plan 2008-09 was presented and overwhelmingly received.