1. © Gates Foundation 2015

    Women at work: 20 years of progress and challenges

    08 March 2015

    Globally, only about half the world’s women are in the labour force, compared to nearly 80 per cent of men – a figure basically unchanged in 20 years. A large gender pay gap hasn’t narrowed much, with women still earning on average 23 per cent less than men. And new evidence is emerging that mothers suffer a wage penalty, often over and above the gender pay gap.


  1. © Nadia Bseiso / ILO 2015

    A day in the life of a migrant worker

    18 December 2014

    To mark International Migrants Day on December 18, the ILO Regional Office for Arab States’ Migration and Governance Network (MAGNET) has teamed up with photographers Leila Alaoui and Nadia Bseiso to follow non-Arab migrant workers in the Middle East who spend their limited time off making a difference in their communities. The images, from Lebanon and Jordan, shed light on how these migrant workers cook, compete, worship, organize and learn from each other to better their lives and lobby for their rights.

  2. © M Reza Faisal 2015

    ILO contribution to South-South cooperation for development

    19 November 2014

    The ILO Solution Forum held during the Global South-South Development EXPO2014 shed light on Sustainable Development practices and Decent Work through South-South and triangular cooperation in the framework of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Here are some examples of how South-South cooperation supports good practices and scalable solutions related to social protection floors, the eradication of child labour, the social and solidarity economy, and fragile States.

  3. © Evan Schneider / UN 2015

    Empowering rural women

    15 October 2014

    The International Day of Rural Women recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” The International Labour Organization (ILO) marks this day by showing what it does to help empower rural women around the world through helping them gain access to work that is just, decent and sustainable. The ILO maintains a team of over 50 development focal points to better integrate decent work into rural economic development.

  4. © Arne Hoel / World Bank 2015

    Decent Work at heart of UN development goals

    19 September 2014

    At the September UN General Assembly in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon will present his report on the current MDGs and look ahead to post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of the 17 proposed new goals includes full and productive employment and decent work for all, which is at the heart of the ILO’s mandate and is critical to ending poverty. However, ILO priorities are reflected in many of the other 17 new proposed SDGs.

  5. The state of indigenous peoples across the world

    06 August 2014

    Indigenous and tribal peoples have their own cultures, ways of life, traditions and customary laws. Throughout history, lack of respect for these cultures has led to conflict in far too many cases around the world. The ILO has been working to improve the conditions of indigenous and tribal peoples since the 1920s. Despite progress, the path to an inclusive and fair society is far from over.

  6. Nelson Mandela and the ILO

    18 July 2014

    The ILO joins the international community to mark Nelson Mandela Day and celebrate the life of the inspirational South African leader on the date of his birthday, July 18.

  7. © Tabitha Ross/ILO 2015

    Syrian refugee children at work… and in a play

    25 June 2014

    Abject poverty is forcing many Syrian refugee families to send their children to work. In Lebanon, host to over a million refugees from Syria, current and former child labourers held a musical and theatrical performance to mark World Day against Child Labour.

  8. © ILO/FIAMI 2015

    What are your perceptions of migrants?

    21 March 2014

    The number of people migrating has risen from 154 million in 1990 to 232 million in 2013, and for many years migrants have made up about three per cent of the world’s population. Today there are more migrants than ever because of the growing world population.

  9. The fight for women’s rights in the workplace – an ILO history

    25 February 2014

    Take a look back at the ILO's contribution towards gender equality in the workplace.