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May 2016

  1. Educated, empowered, inspired: HIV risk reduced

    16 May 2016,

    A novel programme helped HIV vulnerable women in southern Africa build business to improve their lives and the wellbeing of their families.

March 2016

  1. Educated Empowered Inspired - Transforming lives through the response to HIV and AIDS in East and Southern Africa

    16 March 2016,

    Poverty, gender inequality and social exclusion continue to pose major challenges to HIV prevention efforts. Between 2011 and 2016, the ILO, in partnership with Sida, implemented an innovative economic empowerment programme amongst hard-to -reach populations in transport corridors and vulnerable communities in Southern and East Africa, with the aim of reducing their vulnerability to the HIV epidemic. This publication presents the outcomes of this innovative approach and the effects it had on its beneficiaries.

  2. ILO addressed Human Rights Council panel discussion on HIV and AIDS human rights

    11 March 2016,

    The ILO participated in the HRC panel discussion held to review progress made in addressing human rights in the context of the epidemic, and addressed the challenges yet to be overcome in efforts to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The ILO highlighted that, to achieve this goal, it is essential to ensure effective protection of human rights at work through the application of international labour standards and implementation of workplace policies and programmes. The ILO also shared information about its Voluntary Counselling and Testing for Workers (VCT@Work) Initiative.

  3. Stand up for Zero Discrimination against LGBT people at Work

    01 March 2016,

    I mentioned to an old friend a while back that we at the ILO were carrying out research on discrimination toward lesbian, gay, transgendered people and bisexuals (LGBT) in the workplace. His response – and this was coming from a gay man mind you – was why? Why should the ILO or anyone else care about what a worker does on their own time? Read more...

February 2016

  1. ILO published article on access to HIV services in closed settings in Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal

    03 February 2016,

    Prisons and other closed settings are high-risk environments for HIV and tuberculosis (TB) transmission. High infection rates in prisons affect both prisoners and prison employees. ILO’s HIV and AIDS Recommendation, 2010 (No. 200) affirms the principle of universal access to HIV services and provides guidance for the implementation of policies and programmes on HIV, AIDS, and TB for prison workplaces which can benefit both prisoners and prison employees.

January 2016

  1. Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Labour’s National HIV/AIDS Workplace Advocacy and Sustainability Centre signs MOU with Employers’ Consultative Association to implement the National HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy in all Trinidadian workplaces.

    29 January 2016,

    The Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development’s National HIV/AIDS Workplace Advocacy and Sustainability Centre (HASC) has signed an MOU with the Employers’ Consultative Association (ECA). The MOU signals the commitment of the Ministry and the ECA to implement the National Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS in all workspaces in Trinidad and Tobago. The ILO provided technical advisory support to the policy, which incorporates the key principles of the HIV and AIDS Recommendation, 2010 (No. 200).

  2. 4.8 million Workers took HIV test in India in 2014-15

    25 January 2016,

    Over 4.8 million workers underwent HIV testing in 2014-15 at the Integrated Counseling and Testing Centers (ICTCs) spread across India under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACO).

December 2015

  1. ILO launches a new publication: "Protect Rights, Prevent HIV – Inspirational voices from workers"

    17 December 2015,

    The book contains a selection of messages from workers’ organizations all over the world in support of the ILO’s Getting to zero at work campaign.

  2. ILO on the Fast-Track to end AIDS

    01 December 2015,

    To mark World AIDS Day, 2015, actress Sharon Stone has given her support to the International Labour Organization’s campaign to end discrimination at work.

November 2015

  1. HIV and AIDS: Guidelines for the retail sector

    30 November 2015,

    The ILO has developed these guidelines to help stakeholders in the retail sector to strengthen their response to HIV and AIDS.

October 2015

  1. ILO’s annual training course on HIV and AIDS and the world of work concludes

    16 October 2015,

    Workplace is uniquely poised to fast- track the AIDS response in the next five years was the key message emanating from the ILO’s training course — HIV and AIDS and the world of work: A prevention and social protection perspective — organized by ILOAIDS in collaboration with the International Training Centre, Turin.

September 2015

  1. © Danilo Urbina 2016

    Ending violence and discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people

    29 September 2015,

    In a joint statement United Nations entities* call on States to act urgently to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children.

  2. Reducing sex workers’ vulnerability to HIV through economic empowerment

    08 September 2015,

    50 women leaders representing 109 members of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) drawn from vulnerable populations including sex workers along the Victoria Falls tourism corridor Zimbabwe attended the ILO’s training in September and learnt business development skills to explore alternative sources of livelihoods.

August 2015

  1. Workplace HIV & Wellness Voluntary Counselling and Testing Campaign launched in Trinidad and Tobago

    25 August 2015,

    On 25 August 2015, in Port of Spain, the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development (MOLSMED) of Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for the Caribbean, officially launched a national Workplace HIV & Wellness Voluntary Counselling and Testing Campaign (WVCT@WORK Campaign).

  2. HIV and AIDS (Anti-Discrimination) Act published in the Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

    20 August 2015,

    The HIV and AIDS (Anti-Discrimination) Act 2014 (No. 7) aims to protect fundamental human rights for all living with or affected by HIV.

July 2015

  1. ILO course on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work: a prevention & social protection perspective, 12-16 October 2015

    The ILO International Training Centre in Turin and the HIV/AIDS and the World of Work Branch (ILOAIDS) are organizing a bilingual (English & French) one-week training course in Turin. The deadline for sending applications is 28 August 2015.

  2. Reaching out to Hotel workers through VCT@WORK in seven districts in Uganda

    21 July 2015,

    The ILO in collaboration with the Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE) and the Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) are targeting 10,000 women and men workers in the Hotel and Tourism sector, in seven district towns with high HIV burden in Uganda.

  3. Scaling up HIV testing and counselling in Lesotho through Private sector Dialogue

    09 July 2015,

    The Association of the Lesotho Employers and Business (ALEB) hosted a “Private Sector Dialogue on HIV and TB” in collaboration with ILO and UNAIDS in Lesotho.

  4. VCT@WORK implemented in open markets to reach informal economy workers in Tanzania

    01 July 2015,

    Around 3000 workers, majority being young, received counseling and took the HIV test through events organized in the identified open market sites in Kyela district, in Mbeya a region of Tanzania, from 15th -19th June 2015.

June 2015

  1. Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, Chair, UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations

    30 June 2015,