Stories on work, peace and resilience
Amid crisis there is reason to hope – if we come together to pursue social justice
01 February 2023
In a blog for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, ILO Director-General calls for more international cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals and greater social justice.
Entrepreneurial skills and access to finance support business development among refugees in Iraq
24 January 2023
Hishyar Bashir Sadoon is a Syrian refugee who owns a small construction business. He was recently able to expand his business under ILO’s financial inclusion initiative, targeting refugees, internally displaced persons and host community members.
Brighter light and higher hopes: Solar energy systems keep technical schools running in Lebanon
10 January 2023
The ILO provided a number of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools with solar systems in Lebanon to keep their doors open and trained their students on solar panel installation and maintenance to build their skills and help them find job opportunities amid the country’s multifaceted crisis.
ILO: 34.5 per cent of over 65s have no income in Latin America and the Caribbean
21 December 2022
The new "Social Protection Overview" for the region focuses on pension systems and finds that improvements in coverage, sufficiency and sustainability are essential to provide economic security, particularly to those people most affected by crises such as COVID-19.
ILO announces winners of the 2022 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration
16 December 2022
Winning entries provide balanced and ethical reporting on migrants and labour migration and encourage the media to address stereotypes and misconceptions.
Breaching boundaries: Ahmed Mohamed’s quest for career recognition and success
12 December 2022
A young Syrian refugee with speech and hearing disabilities living in Jordan has received formal certification of his working skills through the ILO Recognition of Prior Learning Project, helping him advance in his career and life.
I always wanted to set up a business, and employ other blind persons so they can make a living too
02 December 2022
Fifty-two-year-old Khabour Mohammed Ali runs a small home-based business in Dohuk selling knitted products. Khabour, who is visually impaired, has many talents- from teaching braille to making all types of handicrafts. Determined to expand her business, Khabour enrolled in ILO’s business and financial education programmes, and received a loan that will help her business grow
I am living with HIV and I have a right to work
01 December 2022
On World AIDS Day, Wu Mengnan explains how, in the 15 years since testing positive for HIV, she has been widowed and raised her child alone while going from job to job because of persistent stigma and discrimination around AIDS.
Reducing Vulnerability in Lao People's Democratic Republic
23 November 2022
Noudthong Alounthong, ILO National Project Coordinator in Lao PDR, explains how the SOLAR project supports the government and civil society to promote labour rights and improve access to social security and occupational safety and health for coffee and tea workers.
How PROSPECTS Partnership helps build resilience of hosts and refugees communities in Lebanon
21 November 2022
Despite facing one of the worst socio-economic crisis in decades, Lebanon continues to host one of the highest number of refugee populations. The PROSPECTS Partnership supported by the Kingdom of Netherlands is providing education, employment and social protection support to build resilience and self-reliance of both hosts and refugees in the country.