Equality and discrimination in Asia and the Pacific
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Equality and discrimination in Asia and the Pacific

Promoting equality and eliminating discrimination at work are essential to achieving decent work in Asia and the Pacific. Extending labour protection and applying principles of non-discrimination and equality in workplaces therefore plays a vital role. Some groups are at particular risk of labour exploitation, these include:
More than 60 per cent of workers in Asia and the Pacific are characterized as 'vulnerable', meaning they are own-account workers, unpaid family workers, or in casual, part-time or temporary employment . Gender is an important issue because women make up a disproportionally large share of these vulnerable workers, reflecting their limited opportunities in gainful work and their dual roles as income earners and family care givers.

The ILO’s involvement in this area includes supporting policies and programmes that empower the working poor in rural areas and the urban informal economy, supporting entrepreneurship (especially women in micro-enterprises), fighting forced and child labour, protecting the cultural and land rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, and strengthening the ability the ILO tripartite partners (governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations) to protect working people who face discrimination because of their sex, age, origin, race, religion, family responsibilities or health status.

The ILO’s involvement in this area includes promoting international labour standards that support equality, fostering policies and programmes that empower the rural working poor and the urban informal economy, supporting entrepreneurship (especially women in micro-enterprises), fighting forced and child labour, protecting the cultural and land rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, and strengthening the ability the ILO tripartite partners (governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations) to protect working people who face discrimination because of their sex, age, origin, race, religion, family responsibilities or health status.

More information about the ILO’s work on equality and discrimination and disability and work globally can be found on the main site.
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