News

September 2021

  1. The Government of Iraq, UNICEF, WFP and ILO partner to reform social protection with support from the European Union

    21 September 2021

    Together with the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and the Ministry of Trade, the three UN agencies are spearheading efforts on the reform of social protection. Vulnerable families in Iraq will be supported through the social protection programmes funded by the project, aiming to build a more sustainable and inclusive system.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Working mothers in Jordan face barriers to social protection

    16 September 2021

    Maternity protection is key to achieving gender equality at work by protecting working mothers’ jobs and wages, while at the same time alleviating poverty and advancing decent work. This report emphasises the need for enhanced support for women and men with family responsibilities in Jordan, helping them improve work-life balance.

  5. Gathering of Arab labour ministers paves the way for donor meeting to support Palestinian employment

    07 September 2021

    The ILO, in cooperation with the Arab Labour Organization and the Palestinian Ministry of Labour, held a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the Arab Labour Conference in Cairo, in preparation for a donors’ meeting to be held next year to support the Palestinian National Employment Strategy.

  6. ILO Strengthens Capacity of Media and Civil Society Organizations for Effective Reportage and Engagement in the area of Forced Labour and Fair Recruitment in Nigeria

    01 September 2021

    In a bid to address knowledge and capacity gaps of stakeholders, including media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the area of forced labour, the International Labour Organization (ILO) validated the global media toolkit on Forced Labour Reporting and Fair Recruitment contextualized for use in Nigeria from 23 – 24 August.

  7. Mounting challenges have dire effect on Lebanon’s most vulnerable workers

    01 September 2021

    A new assessment by the ILO evaluates the level of vulnerability and informality among the most disadvantaged Lebanese citizens and Syrian and Palestinian refugees, amidst the increased challenges brought by the financial and economic crisis, Covid-19, the Beirut port explosion and the more protracted Syrian refugee crisis

  8. ILO and FAO in Lebanon, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, join forces to support vulnerable farmers through agricultural inputs voucher scheme

    01 September 2021

    The collaboration will support small-scale famers to meet their basic agricultural needs, contributing to safeguarding jobs and promoting decent employment for Lebanese host community members and Syrian refugees employed in the agricultural sector.

August 2021

  1. ILO and ESCWA: Arab region registers the highest unemployment levels worldwide

    19 August 2021

    A new report highlights the high levels of informal employment in the region, accounting for about two-thirds of total employment and resulting from demographic shifts, political instability and low levels of fiscal and monetary stability.

  2. ILO and tripartite partners discuss measures to advance decent work in Jordan’s agricultural sector

    13 August 2021

    A two-day technical meeting between the ILO and partners focused on a newly adopted bylaw that clarifies the labour rights and entitlements of agriculture workers in Jordan, in efforts to provide guidance on its practical implementation and enforcement.