Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Pakistan. Some are available in Urdu and this is indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Media, Government, Employers and Workers pronounce commitment to promote Gender Equality at work

    13 October 2011

    Two of ILO's projects, Towards Gender Parity (TGP) and Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE) hosted a joint event to showcase various activities that contribute to the understanding and application of gender equality at the workplace.

  2. World Teachers Day: The United Nations lauds the commendable contribution of teachers in the socio-economic development of Pakistan

    05 October 2011

    Joint statement by the country representatives of UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, and ILO in Pakistan on the occasion of World Teachers Day, 5th October 2011

  3. Sindh TEVTA starts Entrepreneurship Education in TEVT Institutes with ILO Support

    24 September 2011

    Skilled young women and men of Sindh will be further equipped with entrepreneurial skills to start their own small businesses. Technical Education & Vocational Training (TEVT) Institutes of Sindh will start imparting entrepreneurship courses starting next year.

  4. Hazardous child labour is on the rise in most of the world among older children

    19 September 2011

    “Hazardous child labour is on the rise in most of the world among older children age 15-17” was reported at a workshop being held by the ILO this week. The ILO is drawing attention to this urgent issue by commissioning new studies in Pakistan to examine occupational risks to children working in ten sectors.

  5. UNICEF and ILO call for end to hazardous and exploitative child labour on World Day Against Child Labour

    11 June 2011

    In a joint statement to mark the World Day Against Child Labour, the ILO and UNICEF today called for renewed efforts to end the worst forms of child labour in Pakistan.

  6. ILO Country Director Mr. Donglin Li Conferred with Pakistan’s Highest Civilian Award

    28 March 2011

    Pakistan President H.E. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari on the occasion of National Day conferred the SITARA-I-QUAID-I-AZAM Civil Award on Mr. Donglin Li, former Country Director of International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Country Office for Pakistan, for his excellent services to the people of Pakistan.

  7. 46% of stories reinforce gender stereotypes, almost eight times higher than stories that challenge such stereotypes; findings of media content analysis by ILO

    12 March 2011

    Saturday 12 March 2011, Islamabad: The findings of a two months media content analysis of the popular print, electronic media were shared at a consultation with the senior media personnel. The event was organized by UKS and ILO on 12th March 2011 here in Islamabad.


  1. Women continue to face discrimination in the world of work

    06 December 2010

    Lahore & Karachi: Women continue to face discrimination in the formal and informal economy with growing numbers in the latter as more of them participate as family earners to sustain their families and to earn some extra income, say the preliminary findings of ILO Research looking at gender roles and needs and its nexus with employment opportunities in textiles, services and amongst coastal communities.

  2. 5.3 million jobs may have been affected by the floods in Pakistan

    07 September 2010

    More than 5.3 million jobs may have been lost and/or affected as a result of the worst ever floods in the history of Pakistan that devastated more than 70 districts of Pakistan, the International Labour Office (ILO) said today, adding that productive and labour intensive job creation programmes are urgently needed to lift millions of people out of poverty that has been aggravated by flood damage.

  3. ILO has launched Cash for Work program for flood-affected people in Nowshera and Peshawar

    01 September 2010

    ILO has started helping the flood-affected communities in quickly restarting livelihoods and employment through immediate short-term employment recovery programs. The program titled “Cash for Work for Flood Affected People” was launched in Nowshera and Peshawar by the ILO Country Director, Mr Donglin Li on 31 August 2010.

  4. ILO about to launch "Cash for Work" project for flood affected people in Sukkur

    25 August 2010

    ILO will soon launch the Cash for Work project in Sukkur in order to provide quick employment opportunities to floods-affected people and to help them overcome their mental shock and trauma.

  5. Government of Pakistan Recognizes the Contribution of United Nations Pakistan’s Leaders

    17 August 2010

    The Government of Pakistan announced the Sitar-e-Imtiaz for Dr. Khalif Bile Mohamud, WHO Representative ® and Sitar-e-Quaid e Azam for Mr. Donglin Li, Director ILO on August 14, Independence Day.

  6. Youth unemployment at highest recorded level - ILO report; 36 million Asia Pacific young people unemployed – A possible “Lost generation”

    12 August 2010

    The global unemployment rate for young people has risen to its highest recorded level, and is expected to continue increasing until the end of 2010, a new report issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says.

  7. High-level Social Dialogue Workshop in Sialkot

    26 July 2010

    Stakeholders reached a consensus on July 26, 2010 to recommend formation of Social Dialogue Mechanism for Sialkot to boost the exports. The Prime Minister’s Advisor on Labour issues, Mr Hafeezullah Cheema supervised the consensus building social dialogue workshop organized by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in collaboration with the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI). Pakistan Workers Federations (PWF) also actively participated in the deliberations.

  8. World Day against Child Labour - countries to "go for the goal" and tackle child labour

    10 June 2010

    As the football World Cup in South Africa kicked off, countries throughout Asia-Pacific marked World Day against Child Labour with an urgent appeal to "Go For the goal - end child labour".

  9. Labour force: bleak picture of women's participation

    05 May 2010

    Proceedings of a two-day National Conference titled ‘From Household to Workplace: Reshaping the Lives of Women through Economic Empowerment,’ jointly organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Ministry of Labour and Manpower, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Employers and Workers Organization on 4-5 May 2010 in Islamabad.

  10. Handing over of ILO’s Project of Support to the Government of Punjab

    08 April 2010

    In a handing over ceremony at the completion of ILO’s project of support to the Government of Punjab on Elimination of Bonded Labour from Brick Kilns (EBLIK) in Punjab, the Minister for Labour, Mr Ashraf Khan Sohna ensured full commitment and support of the Government of Punjab to address the issue of bonded labour in brick kilns in the province.

  11. CIDA-ILO launched Canadian $8 million project to Promote Gender Equality for Decent Employment

    03 March 2010

    The Government of Pakistan is committed to reduce gender inequality and to promote employment opportunities for women in Pakistan, stated by the Federal Secretary Labour and Manpower, Mr Tariq Iqbal Puri.

  12. ILO’s technical assistance to the Ministry of Youth Affairs to support the “National Internship Programme to Enhance Employability”

    02 February 2010

    The Ministry of Youth Affairs (MOYA) and ILO have agreed to conduct an assessment of the Ministry’s “National Internship Programme to Enhance Employability”. This programme currently offers internships to 30,000 young people.

  13. ILO Country Director distributes certificates among women trainees in the garment industry, Faisalabad

    18 January 2010

    Mr Donglin Li, Country Director of the ILO distributed certificates among successful trainees of skill training programme for women in garment industry in an event organized by the Ministry of Textile Industries in collaboration with the ILO in Faisalabad on 18 January 2010.