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February 2021

  1. Future of work

    Where next for the automotive industry?

    19 February 2021

    The automotive industry is faced with disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, trade disputes and a digital revolution, as well as concerns about the industry’s environmental footprint and working conditions in its complex supply chains.

  2. Asia-Pacific Labour Market Insights

    COVID-19 containment measures heighten wage inequality in Thailand and Viet Nam

    18 February 2021

    Containment measures during 2020 to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to heightened inequality, as evidenced by emerging trends in key wage indicators in Thailand and Viet Nam.

  3. Sustainable development

    A circular economy can promote decent work

    16 February 2021

    COVID-19 has shown that health, decent work and environmental sustainability are strongly linked. The principles of the circular economy – repair, re-use and recycle – are key to achieving sustainable supply chains and can help promote decent work.

  4. Action in the Global Garment Industry

    COVID 19: Action in the Global Garment Industry 2021 Outlook

    12 February 2021

  5. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Protect the mental health of health and care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic

    12 February 2021

    Health and care workers have been at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year. It has resulted in heavier workloads and longer working hours, with insufficient time for rest and recuperation while continuously being exposed to the risk of infection. In addition, many face violence, harassment and stigmatization as they try to do their jobs. All this is taking a toll on health workers’ mental health and wellbeing.

  6. Impact story

    Paving the way to gender equality in the STEM industry

    11 February 2021

    Women in the Philippines have found themselves left behind in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry. The ILO Women in STEM project supported by J.P. Morgan is helping women workers gain the soft skills necessary to meet their full potential and career goals.

  7. Article

    How the ILO can support vital public employment programmes during the COVID-19 crisis

    10 February 2021

    Public employment programmes have played an increasingly important role in government responses to the COVID-19 crisis. In this article, Maikel Lieuw-Kie-Song, ILO Specialist on the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) sheds light on new, innovative approaches being used to assist countries like Uzbekistan in supporting their PWPs during the pandemic, resulting in temporary work for almost 500,000 women and men in 2020 – nearly twice as many jobs as those created before the pandemic.

  8. Video

    Quality apprenticeships to improve skills of young Burkinabé

    04 February 2021

    To remedy the skills mismatch and unemployment among young people, the project "Youth Employment in the Sahel Region" is implementing concrete actions linked to the key elements of the ILO approach to quality apprenticeships in order to improve and strengthen the national system.

  9. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    AR Rahman: Let's use the power of music to fight child labour

    03 February 2021

    Music transcends all barriers. The Music Against Child Labour Initiative launches an international song competition this February with AR Rahman as one of the esteemed judges.

  10. Video

    ILO-UNESCO-World Bank Webinar on TVET and skills development in the time COVID-19

    03 February 2021

    The webinar on "TVET and skills development in the time of COVID-19" was jointly held by the ILO, UNESCO and the World Bank on Monday, 1 February 2021 from 14:30 - 16:00 (CET).