1. Voices from the Factory Floor

    24 May 2016

    What would you ask the people who make your clothes? They number around sixty million worldwide – 80 per cent of them women – all employed in the global garment industry. The factories they work in provide valuable jobs that can improve livelihoods and lift communities out of poverty. Yet, poor working conditions remain a challenge across the sector.

  2. Rana Plaza, three years after

    22 April 2016

    The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh in 2013 took the lives of over 1,100 garment workers and highlighted the need to promote decent work in global supply chains. Working closely with the country’s government and its social partners, the ILO has played a leading role in the response to the Rana Plaza tragedy. The following photo report gives an idea about what has been achieved so far and what remains to be done.

  3. Slideshow: Water is Work

    23 March 2016

    To mark World Water Day 2016, ILO headquarters in Geneva is hosting a photographic exhibition featuring images showing the relationship between water and the world of work. The exhibition will be on show throughout March and April.

  4. “No to child labour in Turkey’s hazelnut gardens”

    08 January 2016

    An ILO project prioritizes education as the main instrument to eliminate child labour in the country’s seasonal agriculture. So far, more than 1,200 children have benefitted from the project.


  1. © ILO/Awad Tawel 2016

    Why is quality education critical in tackling child labour?

    07 September 2015

    This year’s World Day against Child Labour highlighted the key role that education can play in tackling child labour. The following stories from child labourers in Jordan show why getting children out of work and into the classroom can make a huge difference to their future.

  2. © Ismail Ferdous 2016

    “So we exist”: A photo exhibition shedding light on workers in the shadows

    15 July 2015

    On the occasion of the conference on 'Regulating for Decent Work' from 8-10 July 2015, the ILO is hosting an exhibition by Bangladeshi photojournalist Ismail Ferdous.

  3. Signing up to end modern slavery

    01 June 2015

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, was joined by delegates to the International Labour Conference, in signing a signature panel symbolizing support for the 50 for Freedom campaign to end modern slavery. The campaign has the goal of encouraging 50 member States to ratify, by 2018, the Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention.

  4. © Ji Kun 2016

    Picture a world without decent work: A graphic story

    22 May 2015

    Hundreds of amateur and professional artists around the world responded to a call to create images with the theme “Work right!” for a poster competition in which the ILO participated on the judging panel.

  5. © Gates Foundation 2016

    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 2016

    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.