Feature articles

2015

  1. Survey on “Measuring migration costs for low-skilled migrant workers from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and the UAE”

    24 March 2015

    ILO is embarking on an exciting collaboration with the Lahore School of Economics (LSE) by commissioning a survey on “Measuring Migration Costs for Low-Skilled Migrant Workers from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and the UAE” under the South Asia Labour Migration Governance (SALM) Project funded by the EU.

  2. The Changemaker

    06 March 2015

    Asma Ahmad Sheikh has helped people in rural Pakistan get training and set up their own businesses. Her work as a Changemaker led to her winning in a global skills competition.

  3. "I am ready to take action"

    05 March 2015

    After learning the experiences of women homeworkers in India, Sri, a leader of a homeworkers’ group in Mojokerto, East Java Province of Indonesia, is more confident to manage the group and she is ready to take actions.

  4. “I don’t want to be a labourer forever. I want to be a boss”

    05 March 2015

    Restiana, 42 years old, is a leader of a homeworkers’ group in Mojokerto, East Java Province of Indonesia, with a strong determination to improve the lives of women homeworkers like her.

  5. In their own voices

    02 March 2015

    An ILO-produced film documents the opportunities and obstacles on the path taken by migrant health-care workers from the Philippines.

  6. Giving rights to millions of domestic workers in Pakistan

    26 February 2015

    Promoting Gender Equality for Pakistan, an ILO project funded by the Canadian government, is working with tripartitie partners in Punjab to bring rights and recognition to domestic workers.

  7. How tourism makes a difference in poor areas of Viet Nam

    11 February 2015

    Over the last three years, an International Labour Organization (ILO) project in Viet Nam has developed tourism-boosting jobs and reduced poverty in neglected areas.

  8. Peace, prosperity and papayas

    02 February 2015

    Her papaya crop is paying off for a widowed farmer helped by the ILO-supported LEED program, which has boosted business in fisheries, construction and agriculture.

2014

  1. © Steve McCurry 2015

    Ending the abuse of domestic workers in Asia

    22 December 2014

    Although there are more than 52 million domestic workers world-wide, including more than 21 million in Asia Pacific, only a small minority are covered by general labour laws. This lack of protection leaves them vulnerable to – sometimes terrible – abuse and exploitation. Journalist Karen Emmons has been working with the photographer Steve McCurry on a documentary project, “No one should work this way,” to record and expose some of the abuses faced by Asian migrant domestic workers.

  2. SAARC commits to helping migrant workers

    18 December 2014

  3. Avoiding the gamble: making migrant labour fairer

    18 December 2014

    By Yoshiteru Uramoto, Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization

  4. SAARC commits to helping migrant workers

    18 December 2014

    By Yoshiteru Uramoto, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

  5. Skills for a brighter future

    18 December 2014

    Refugees in a camp along Thai-Myanmar border are equipped with livelihood and buisness skills for a better future.

  6. “I want homeworkers to be acknowledged as workers”

    15 December 2014

    Ida Fitriany has learned a lot about homeworkers issues since joining Yasanti’s programme with ILO MAMPU Project. She now knows that homeworkers are workers and have the rights as other workers and she wants to keep voicing these rights.

  7. “We should develop local regulation to protect the homeworkers”

    15 December 2014

    Totok Nurhandajanto, Head of Industrial Relations Division, Provincial Manpower Office of East Java Province, recognized similar conditions between India and Indonesia pertaining to homeworkers, where they faced various challenges including low wages, limited occupational safety and health protection, limited social security and long hours work.

  8. “We need to expose homeworkers’ issues”

    15 December 2014

    Fransisco Bangun is one of the 22 participants of a study tour to Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), a membership-based organization, in Ahmedabad, India. He was inspired and impressed by SEWA, which brought many positive changes to the lives of self-employed and home-based women workers as a result of strategic advocacy over the last 4 decades.

  9. Taking tourism beyond natural beauty

    11 December 2014

    The ILO’s JOY project is changing residents’ lives in Nongkojajar, East Java and transforming the once quiet town into an agrotourism destination.

  10. No one should work this way – ending the abuse of Asian domestic workers

    01 December 2014

    There are more than 52 million domestic workers worldwide but the vast majority are unprotected by labour laws. This leaves them open to – sometimes terrible – abuse and exploitation. The journalist Karen Emmons worked with the photographer Steve McCurry on a documentary project to record and expose some of the treatment experienced by Asian migrant domestic workers.

  11. © Peter Caton 2015

    Cambodia takes first crucial step towards protecting entertainment workers

    10 November 2014

    New ground-breaking regulation for entertainment workers in Cambodia marks the first attempt in the region to reduce widespread stigma and discrimination in the sector.

  12. The Philippines builds back better, greener, stronger

    07 November 2014

    Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, in what was reportedly the country’s worst-ever natural disaster. More than 8,000 people lost their lives and over 14 million inhabitants, including 5.9 million workers, were affected. ILO emergency employment programmes were in place by December in the areas that were hardest hit. Special multimedia report from the Philippines a year after the storm.