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  1. Why breastfeeding is a truck driver’s issue

    31 March 2014

    Truck driver Ronaldo Payda believes breastfeeding rights are a man's business too. He took up the cause after he and his wife saw the effects on their new baby. An ILO project is trying to build on such advocacy work, to help more working women keep their babies healthy.

  2. Empowering women homeworkers for better working conditions

    26 March 2014

    Uswatun has been doing embroidery work from home, in the Pakis subdistrict of Malang, for more than seven years. She works every day of the week for up to ten hours a day. “No holidays,” she says, with a laugh.

  3. The daily struggle of a Haiyan widow

    24 March 2014

    Jobs are the top priority for many of those whose livelihoods were shattered by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The situation is particularly challenging for women who lost their husbands and became head of household overnight.

  4. A promise to domestic workers, after 10 years

    18 March 2014

    An opinion-editorial by Irham Ali Saifuddin, Capacity Building Specialist, ILO-Jakarta highlighting the importance of the ILO Convention No. 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. This was published by the Jakarta Post on 18 March 2014.

  5. The daily struggle of a Haiyan widow

    07 March 2014

    Jobs are the top priority for many of those whose livelihoods were shattered by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The situation is particularly challenging for women who lost their husbands and became head of household overnight.

  6. "Money finds us!" - Enriching the vegetable harvest in Timor-Leste

    28 February 2014

    How an ILO supported project helped a local community to improve their farming practices, develop their market access, create jobs and support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.

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    100 days on, Haiyan survivors need more jobs to recover

    17 February 2014

    Millions of workers have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation, many of whom were in a vulnerable situation in the first place. The ILO has been responding by providing emergency employment programmes to help restore sustainable livelihoods. Several workers talked to ILO News on how they are trying to rebuild their lives.

  8. Agriculture and youth employment: The missing link

    14 February 2014

    The agricultural sector has a huge potential to create jobs but needs to polish its image in order to attract more young people. To do this, governments should provide relevant education and training.

  9. A father, a mechanic, a trainer, an entrepreneur and disabled – in that order

    11 February 2014

    Ask anyone in Tongi about Mosharrof Hossain and they’ll tell you he’s the man to fix your fridge. What they probably won’t tell you is that he will do it without hands.

  10. Underrated, underreported: Working women in Pakistan

    03 February 2014

    Gender stereotypes are common in Pakistani media and continue to make it difficult for women to play an equal role in the country’s workforce. A recent ILO project focuses on Pakistani journalists themselves, using media to re-shape public perception about working women.


  1. Haiyan survivors see hope in long-term employment

    20 December 2013

    Restoring livelihoods is a priority for workers affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on 8 November killing thousands of people and leaving millions homeless and jobless. As the recovery gathers pace, people are looking for sustainable sources of income to support themselves and their families.

  2. Better talk leads to better work

    09 December 2013

    As Viet Nam prepares for a major expansion of international trade – with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Agreement negotiations – a new system for worker-employer relations in garment factories is helping to pave the way to improved working conditions and competitiveness.

  3. Breaking gender stereotypes in Bangladesh

    05 December 2013

    Nupur Howlader is Bangladesh's only nationally-qualified female welder. An ILO-EU skills training programme has given her the chance to both earn a better living and challenge gender stereotypes.

  4. The story of Neneng: “Our fields are now more productive”

    30 November 2013

    Neneng lives in Lawang Kajang, a small village along Kapuas River in Central Kalimantan, but is originally from Katujung, a village in the neighbouring district. She is Dayak, the main indigenous group of Borneo and married Junedi from Lawang Kajang in the early 1990s. Now, Junedi is the head of the village and they have four children.

  5. When Nua did not have to fish in the Kayahan river of Central Kalimantan

    30 November 2013

    Every day at 4 o’clock in the morning, Nua, 53 years old, starts the day, jumps on her boat in front of her house and begins paddling towards the Lake Tundai across the Kayahan River. She remains at the lake until four in the afternoon, trying to catch as much fish as possible. On a good day, two kilograms of fish will bite the hook, but very often she only brings an average of one kilogram back to the village.

  6. The story of Henggo: “Now I can sell my fish to the capital city with higher prices”

    30 November 2013

    Henggo is a 24 years old fisherman from Tumbang Nusa who lives with his family nearby the Kayahan River of Central Kalimantan. Every day, except Friday, they get on two boats to catch fishes in the river and a lake nearby. The day’s catch depends very much on the season, but on average five kilograms of fish will bite the hook.

  7. Sports and youth employment

    29 November 2013

    In the Pacific region, sport plays a very important role in life. Youth unemployment is also rampant. Linking sports to youth employment could bring about positive results as young peoples’ skills in sports can be useful at work.

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    Emerging from the ruins of Rana Plaza

    24 October 2013

    Six months on from the Rana Plaza building collapse, the ILO is helping survivors develop new skills and find jobs. Three workers who survived the tragedy talked to ILO News about their way back into employment.

  9. A dream comes true in a motorbike repair shop

    15 October 2013

    Changing perceptions is sometimes the biggest challenge when it comes to fighting child labour. But dialogue and cooperation is always a good start.

  10. Timor-Leste: When a short road makes a huge difference

    01 October 2013

    In a country where 75 per cent of the population live in rural areas and 40 per cent are below the poverty line, improving a short stretch of road can mean more jobs and a better quality of life for rural workers and their families.

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