Message at the United Nations International Women’s Day celebration in the Philippines

By Mr Khalid Hassan, Director, ILO Country Office for the Philippines at the message at the United Nations International Women’s Day celebration in the Philippines, 8 March 2022, Manila, Philippines

Statement | Manila, Philippines | 08 March 2022
Happy International Women’s Day! I am Khalid Hassan, Director of the International Labour Organization in the Philippines.

Women are among the hardest hit by COVID-19 and climate change. Women further suffer from exclusion and inequality, harassment and violence at work, and jobs losses to burdens of care responsibilities.

To protect our planet as well as jobs and livelihoods, a just transition is crucial.

We support the Philippines to advance decent work and climate action through a human-centred recovery and a just transition.

We work with the government, workers and employers, and development partners. Recently, to help almost 4.4 million workers affected by Typhoon Odette, mostly women due to climate change.

A just transition is good for the environment, the economy, and the people. It can close the gender gap as more women work in renewable energy and green jobs.

A just transition with skills development, enterprise innovation, fair income, gender equality, labour standards, social dialogue, labour market measures, occupational safety and health, and social protection especially for the most vulnerable.

The ILO and UN’s Global Jobs Accelerator aims to create at least 400 million jobs, including in care and green sectors, and to extend social protection to four billion people.

We call for a human-centred, green recovery through investments in decent work, social protection and a just transition especially for women and girls.

Investments that could lift millions out of poverty, reduce vulnerability, and prevent deepening inequalities.

Let us build a better future of work with people at the centre, a future that leaves no one behind!