News, events and stories on indigenous and tribal peoples
We lost our precious forest but found a way to survive
30 May 2023
Mining and deforestation have destroyed the Orang Asli indigenous peoples’ way of life in Peninsular Malaysia. Maimun is helping to restore her people’s connection to the land through a community organic vegetable farm that is giving them a sustainable livelihood.
Indigenous people in cities have rights too
05 April 2023
Olinda Silvano is an artist and leader in a Shipibo-Konibo indigenous community in Peru’s capital city, Lima. She is determined to overcome the challenges she and her people face, including discrimination, lack of social protection and housing.
ILO-Canada and the Government of Bangladesh start ProGRESS project to build the foundation for an inclusive skills system
19 March 2023
Education empowered me to fight for women’s rights in Kenya
27 January 2023
When Mary Nkisonkoi was given an opportunity to advocate for women’s rights in her Maasai community, she aimed high and now represents women’s community groups across the Great Rift Valley in Kenya.
Low levels of social protection and statistical invisibility increases the vulnerability of 55 million indigenous people
15 December 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected more than 800 groups of indigenous peoples, who are overly affected by poverty and informality, have few opportunities for decent work, and face obstacles in accessing education or participating politically, says new ILO report.
5th ITUC World Congress
ILO Director-General calls for policies that support equity and social justice
18 November 2022
Addressing the 5th World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation in Melbourne, Gilbert F. Houngbo called for a Global Coalition for Social Justice to prioritize social justice in policy making and tackle multiple crises that are impacting the world of work.
An indigenous entrepreneur in tune with Mother Earth
17 August 2022
After successfully reclaiming her people’s territory in Quebrada de Humahuaca, Northern Argentina, Celestina Ábalos turned to tourism to share and promote her indigenous culture. ILO entrepreneurship training during the COVID-19 pandemic helped her business grow.
Roundtable discussion at the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development 2022
Indigenous peoples, climate change and the role of decent work for a just and peaceful transition
As part of the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development (23-25 May 2022), the ILO, together with the Indigenous Major Group for Sustainable Development and the Right Energy Partnership with Indigenous Peoples, facilitated an online roundtable session on indigenous peoples, climate change and the role of decent work for a just and peaceful transition.
ILO calls for papers to help stop racial discrimination at work
18 March 2022
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is asking equality experts, practitioners, academic institutions, research institutions and activists from around the world to share their insights and recommendations on how to eliminate racial discrimination at work.
At a WIPO programme, the ILO shares how the cooperative model can be used by indigenous women entrepreneurs
27 October 2021
ILO contributed to the second edition of the WIPO Program for Indigenous and Local Community Women Entrepreneurs that took place in October 2021.