International Women's Day 2015

Women and the future of work

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

In 2015, International Women’s Day will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain. This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.


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    Progress on gender equality at work remains inadequate

    While there have been many achievements on gender equality since the Beijing Declaration on women rights was signed by 189 governments in 1995, many challenges remain, including a motherhood pay gap.


  1. Information note

    Women at work - Beijing+20

  2. Video highlights

    ILO marks International Women's Day 2015

  3. Video introduction

    Women and the world of work

  4. Working paper

    The motherhood pay gap: A review of the issues, theory and international evidence

  5. Read

    Online survey shows rising women’s participation in cooperatives

  6. See

    Women in the Garment Industry in 2015

    New Garment Industry Data shows Gender Equality Progress and Challenges

Women at work: 20 years of progress and challenges