Resources on International Labour Standards in the Arab States

  1. ILO holds workshop on Strategic Compliance Planning for labour inspection and occupational safety and health in Iraq

    23 March 2021

    With support from the EU, the workshop is part of efforts to strengthen the labour inspection system in the country and develop a national labour inspection policy and action plan, in line with international labour standards.

  2. The nexus between livelihoods, protection and women’s empowerment – Syrian refugees

    A side event to the 5th Brussels Conference, organised by UN Women, ILO and UNHCR examined how international and national partners are working to support the empowerment of Syrian refugee women across the region, focusing on their access to decent work & livelihoods, safety and well-being.

  3. Assessment of the Maternity Insurance in Jordan

    21 March 2021

    This piece of qualitative research was commissioned by the International Labour Organisation to provide evidence-based research on the impact of Jordan’s maternity Insurance. It is meant to be the starting point for wider consideration of the MI and its effects on female labour force participation as well as the well being and economic stability of women, their spouses, and their dependents. This research also intends to inform the design of a wider nationally-representative study into the MI and its effects as well as on wider Jordanian economy and society.

  4. ILO support to Syrian refugees and host communities: Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt (March 2021)

    18 March 2021

    Within the framework of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), the ILO is implementing a development-focused and employment-driven response, which aims to facilitate equal access to labour markets and promote decent work for all.

  5. From conflict to recovery: Promoting decent employment in Iraq

    16 March 2021

    The ILO established its first country coordination office in Baghdad a year ago. Maha Kattaa reflects on her first year in Iraq as country coordinator, and sheds light on how the ILO is working with its partners to promote employment opportunities and decent work in the country.

  6. Fraught but Fruitful: Risks, Opportunities, and Shifting Gender Roles in Syrian Refugee Women’s Pursuit of Livelihoods in Lebanon with Additional Observations from Jordan and Iraq

    15 March 2021

    This report was commissioned by UN Women, ILO and UNHCR to provide evidence-based research that can inform current and future livelihoods programming and promote pathways to increase the safe, dignified and sustainable participation and empowerment of displaced women in the labour force.

  7. A new employment strategy and minimum wage for the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    05 March 2021

    Palestinian government, worker and employer representatives hold a social dialogue conference, launching a new employment strategy developed with ILO support, raising the national minimum wage, and agreeing on steps forward to improve the labour market and boost employment.

  8. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Labour Market in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: a Forecasting Model Assessment

    05 March 2021

    The purpose of this report is to highlight the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market in the OPT, despite the lack of detailed data. Policy recommendations are provided based on the results of the analysis and with a view to mitigating the impact of the pandemic on the labour market in the OPT.

  9. Iraq: Jobs and cultural heritage the focus of new ILO-EU-UNESCO collaboration

    24 February 2021

    With support from the European Union, the programme will use employment-intensive approaches to create decent jobs and upgrade skills and employment services for internally displaced persons, Syrian refugees and host community members, while preserving and rehabilitating cultural heritage sites.

  10. ILO and local partners in Mosul discuss collaboration in the fight against child labour in the Ninewa Governorate

    19 February 2021

    Activities are being implemented by the ILO and partners to address the worst forms of child labour among forcibly displaced persons and vulnerable host community members.