The ILO is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In year 1919 was born a vision of the world where workers, employers and government together could build a world of universal peace, based on social justice. From this dream, emerged the ILO, which for 100 years has advanced social justice and promoted decent work.
Since becoming the 177th member state of the ILO in 2003, the Government of Timor-Leste has worked closely with the ILO, making some notable improvements in the world of work including promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in Timor-Leste.
Currently in Timor-Leste, the ILO is implementing two Employment Intensive Investment Programs (EIIP), with the overall goal of promoting social and economic development from improved road access for women and men in rural Timor-Leste. The two programs are, The Roads for Development Program (R4D) funded by the Australian Government and the Enhancing Rural Access (ERA) Agro Forestry Project funded by the European Union.
Gender equality aspects are fully integrated in these two programs, thereby strengthening Government’s capacity to deliver and invest in gender-responsive public services and contributing towards Sustainable Development Goal [SDG 5] on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.