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  1. Communicating Labour Rights: A training course for media professionals of Africa

    08 August 2011

    Some 15 African journalists attended a practical training - organized jointly by the ILO-ITC Training Center and the ILO Regional Office for Africa - on the relevance of international labour standards to increase responsible and accurate media reporting for better public understanding on labour and social development issues (Youth Employment, Social Protection, Skills Development, Women Economic Empowerment and gender Equality, etc.) Participants were also briefed on the 12th edition of the African Regional Meeting scheduled from 11-14 October in Johannesburg, South Africa. Journalists are now competing in the 2011 International Journalistic Prize "Media for Labour Rights

  2. 17th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit on Youth Empowerment

    African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government meeting at their 17th Ordinary Session in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 23 June to 1st July 2011, under the Theme: “’Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development’’, adopted various Decisions including a Declaration on creating employment for accelerating youth development and empowerment. The Declaration requests the AUC to work with AfDB, the RECs and international partners including the ILO, on a comprehensive youth employment pact with strong national ownership and clear monitoring and evaluation system.

  3. Questions and answers on the hidden reality of children in domestic work

    08 August 2011

    The recently approved ILO Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201 on decent work for domestic workers aim to protect and improve working and living conditions of millions of workers worldwide, who have few – if any – labour rights. Many are children who spend long hours working as domestic helpers, performing tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, minding other children and gardening instead of being at school. ILO News spoke to ILO experts Martin Oelz (TRAVAIL) and José M. Ramírez (IPEC) on the current situation of child domestic workers and how the new Convention and Recommendation can help impact their lives.

  4. Month of the women entrepreneur in Lesotho

    The Month of the Women Entrepreneur (MOWE) in Lesotho promoted Women Entrepreneurs as role models through highlighting three obstacles every Micro and Small entrepreneurs faced daily; access to information, access to registration and access to finance

  5. Training course on International Labour Standards and judicial independence and ethics for labour court judges, conciliators, arbitrators and lawyers in Zimbabwe

    The main objective of the course was to equip judges, conciliators, arbitrators and lawyers with the knowledge that will enable them to use international labour law sources to resolve labour disputes, and to carry out this task guided by the principles of judicial independence and ethics.

  6. South Africa and the ILO team up to promote public employment and community work programmes

    27 July 2011

    With an official unemployment rate of 25 per cent, the South African government knows that employment creation cannot be left to the private sector alone. There is a huge gap between the jobs that are needed and the jobs that the market can generate. The State has the responsibility to fill that gap. Today South Africa has become a prime example of a country where public employment programmes (PEPs) and its Community Work Programme (CWP) are playing a key role in providing a minimum level of employment where markets are failing to do so. The CWP, although not universal in coverage, is being designed to test an employment guarantee.

  7. Training for Zimbabwe State Actors on International Labour Standards

    The workshop is a first in a series of activities that will be aimed at training key state actors for the full respect of human and trade union rights and to enable the elaboration and promulgation of clear lines of conduct in this regard

  8. Women Entrepreneurship Development Training at DoL South Africa

    The Women Entrepreneurship Development training is aimed at improving the skills of staff in the Department of Labour (DoL) to enable them to provide effective services to women entrepreneurs.

  9. Training of Trainers on business growth in South Africa

    The WEDGE South Africa project rolled out a Training of Trainers for the Action my Business Growth (AMG) tool. The AMG tool is a NEW tool to be used for growth oriented women entrepreneurs (GOWEs).

  10. Africa/France Conference: Corporate Social Responsibility, a pathway to growth & employment creation

    The Conference showcased best practices and partnerships to develop Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awareness among African governments and within companies operating in the African region. High-level business leaders from around Africa, Presidents and CEOs of African Business Organizations, members and partners of MEDEF, representatives of multinational enterprises operating in Africa, UN agencies, World Bank, African Union, African Development Bank, as well as French and African Government officials adopted a Declaration of Commitment to engage practically in CSR initiatives, to fight corruption and promote good governance. Participants agreed on a Roadmap for developing sustainable enterprises in Africa to foster job creation, through a practical CSR training programme for business organizations and companies in Africa.

  11. Joint ILO/UNESCO Southern African Sub-regional Workshop: Improving responses to HIV/AIDS in education sector workplaces

  12. 12th African Regional Meeting

    The proposed agenda of the Meeting is to discuss progress made by the countries in the region towards achieving the targets set by the Decent Work Agenda in Africa, 2007-15, adopted by the 11th African Regional Meeting, as well as to set out future priority actions for the region to achieve the Decent Work Agenda in Africa.

  13. Guinea: Seminar on the prevention and management of armed and violent conflicts

    08 July 2011

  14. Questions and answers on the ILO response to challenges in the Arab World

    08 July 2011

    On 8 July 2011, the International Labour Organization (ILO) hosted a meeting on “The Arab World, Towards a New Era of Social Justice”, which brought together representatives of countries from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the international community, donors and ILO constituents. A background paper entitled “Challenges in the Arab world: an ILO response” on the ILO’s strategy and response was the basis for the discussions. It provides figures and trends on the employment situation and answers a series of questions around creating decent work opportunities in the region. A series of concept notes was also presented, covering areas where the MENA countries have requested ILO assistance. ILO is developing work in the MENA countries and seeks additional funding for some of these programmes.

  15. ILO Donors meeting on “Creating decent work opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa”

    The meeting is to bring together representatives from the MENA countries, the international community, donors who are interested in lending support to those countries, and ILO constituents in general.

  16. Questions and answers on labour regulation, Decent Work and the economic and jobs crisis

    04 July 2011

    How can labour regulation benefit the economic and labour markets? What is the role of regulation in terms of the challenges and opportunities it affords? How has the recent economic crisis affected regulation of labour markets, and can regulation contribute to economic recovery? These and other questions were on the agenda of the second Conference on the wider meaning of the often misunderstood concept of labour regulation.

  17. Managing Social Security and Pensions in South Africa

    The Graduate School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, in partnership with the International Labour Office (ILO), hosted an interactive debate on South African Social Security. The workshop was also intended to encourage ILO Constituents to undertake a self- assessment regarding gender equality.

  18. National Multi-stakeholder workshop on Employment policy in Namibia

    The objective of the National Multi-stakeholder workshop on Employment policy was to bring all major stakeholders around the table and formulate strategies and solutions on how to best respond to the challenge of employment and unemployment in Namibia in order to formulate a new Namibian Employment Policy.

  19. UNITED NATIONS & TANZANIA sign first ever UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP)

    The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and the United Nations signed into act the first ever United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP) in the history of the global UN system. The UNDAP is the country programme of cooperation for all UN agencies operating in Tanzania for 2011-2015. It will touch specifically upon: Economic Growth; Environment and Climate Change; Education; Health and Nutrition; HIV and AIDS; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Social Protection; Governance; Refugees; and Emergencies and Disaster Response.

  20. The impact of pesticide exposure on child labourers in agriculture

    22 June 2011

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO held a side event during the conference (on 22 June at 13:00) to highlight the impact of pesticide exposure on children, and child labourers in particular. ILO News spoke to Paola Termine, ILO Technical specialist on child labour in agriculture, who is also coordinating the International partnership for cooperation on child labour in agriculture, ahead of the meeting.