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  1. Gender discrimination, wage inequality challenge women in Jordan

    19 September 2021

    Unequal pay is a stubborn and universal problem. Across all regions, women are paid less than men, with the gender pay gap estimated at 23% globally. This report shows how women in Jordan’s workforce struggle with pay discrimination.

  2. Extended paternity leave urged to support parenting in Jordan

    18 September 2021

    Fathers who take adequate paternity leave are more likely to be involved with their young children. This can have positive effects for gender equality in the home and at work and may indicate shifts in relationships and perceptions of parenting roles and prevailing stereotypes. This report highlights the need for enhanced parental responsibility-sharing.


  1. Beirut businesses continue to suffer a year on from the Beirut blast

    10 August 2021

    Although it has been a year since the Beirut port explosion, joint ILO-Fafo research finds, small enterprises continue to face an array of challenges arising from the blast, the economic and political crisis affecting Lebanon and the global pandemic, and threatening their operations.

  2. Decent work in Iraq: From conflict to recovery

    09 August 2021

    Iraq and the ILO are implementing the first Iraq Decent Work Country Programme, to promote employment opportunities and decent work principles. The programme focuses on supporting private sector development and job creation; extending and strengthening social protection and addressing child labour; and improving social dialogue to promote rights at work.

Statements and speeches

  1. © ILO/A.Khemka 2021

    UN Network on Migration for Arab States marks World Day against Trafficking in Persons

    30 July 2021

    The network calls on states in the region to take urgent action to combat trafficking in persons and identify, protect, and assist victims of human trafficking.

  2. A better future for Palestinians

    03 March 2021

    Prioritizing employment, workers’ rights, social protection and social dialogue will be essential if Palestinians are to create a human-centred recovery from COVID-19 that is sustainable and inclusive, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told Palestinian tripartite constituents.

Articles and features

  1. ILO trains facilitators in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on its entrepreneurship education programme - Know About Business

    31 August 2021

    The training is part of wider efforts by the ILO to foster entrepreneurship education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

  2. ILO-supported child friendly centres established in Mosul for children vulnerable to child labour

    16 August 2021

    The centres will support around 400 children, through various activities, including awareness raising sessions, informal education, catch-up schooling, and psychosocial support.