Promoting equality and eliminating discrimination at work are essential to achieving decent work in Asia and the Pacific. Extending labour protection and applying principles of non-discrimination and equality in workplaces therefore plays a vital role. Some groups are at particular risk of labour exploitation, these include: domestic workers;women; migrants; human trafficking victims; ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples; people living with HIV-AIDS; and people living with disabilities. More than 60 per cent of workers in Asia and the Pacific are characterized as 'vulnerable', meaning they are own-account workers, unpaid family workers, or in casual, part-time or temporary employment. Gender is an important issue because women make up a disproportionally large share of these vulnerable workers, reflecting their limited opportunities in gainful work and their dual roles as income earners and family care givers.
1 January 2021 - 1 January 2022
Improved social dialogue, tripartism and better application of basic rights on freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
1 January - 31 December 2021
Strengthened capacity of member States to ratify and apply international labour standards and to fulfil their reporting obligations
1 August 2020 - 30 September 2021