Feature articles


  1. Ergonomics in China: Tackling workplace stress

    26 April 2016

    The ILO works with unions and the government in China to reduce the impact of stress and poor ergonomics on workers.

  2. © MSME staff and S.van Lieshout 2016

    Myanmar unleashes home-grown entrepreneurs

    25 April 2016

    An ILO training programme makes the founding step to help new and existing small businesses join the dramatic economic and social change sweeping the country.

  3. Let’s give them a chance like others: A business case of Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya

    22 April 2016

    For years companies and organizations have been seeking for a competitive advantage under the philosophy of diversity in working places as one of the ways to integrate people with disabilities in the working environment. It has been proven that there are many benefits gained by opening employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

  4. University student’s canteen business opportunity

    21 April 2016

    Becoming an entrepreneur is the dream of a 20-year-old girl named Maria Mazarela Lay. This beautiful, tall girl has started a canteen business in Timor-Leste’s State University, where she is studying economy management. The canteen specializes in serving traditional homemade Timor-Leste cuisine.

  5. One opportunity, limitless possibility

    14 April 2016

    What is needed for people with disabilities is one chance to show their abilities. An inclusive working environment opens limitless access to equal employment opportunities.

  6. Jaime Lemos’s innovative chicken business

    08 April 2016

    Age is no barrier to starting an innovative new business. At the age of 60, Jaime Lemos C. Moris founded and opened a kampong chicken business in the Lautem district, Timor-Leste, called Copanhia Panirasa Dinaste Lda.

  7. On the fire safety frontline: Lessons from Bangladeshi fire fighters

    01 April 2016

    As Occupational Safety and Health Day approaches, on 28 April, Bangladeshi fire fighters have a message for all factory owners.

  8. Talho Moris’ Butcher Shop: Fresh meat business in Timor-Leste

    28 March 2016

    A cool and clean atmosphere welcomes customers entering Talho Moris’ butcher shop at Bemori Street in Dili, Timor-Leste. A refrigerated display unit showcasing the various fresh meat cuts helps the consumers to choose what they need. Unsurprisingly, the shop is always full of customers.

  9. Opening doors to the workplace for people with disabilities: The business case of PT Dewhirst Indonesia

    24 March 2016

    Realizing the potentials of people with disabilities to companies, PT Dewhirst Menswear Indonesia, a leading garment company in the country, has been providing an equal job opportunity for job-seekers with disabilities since 2001. With a total of 2,700 workers, the company has employed 29 workers with disabilities.

  10. The first local woman recruited to manage construction site administration

    16 March 2016

    A key objective of the Roads for Development Programme (R4D) in Timor-Leste is to build capacities of local contract companies to stimulate the growth of a strong local contractors’ industry.

  11. International Women’s Day round up

    15 March 2016

    The ILO’s theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is “Getting to Equal by 2030: The Future is Now”, reflecting the urgency of addressing the gaps in order to achieve the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The ILO office for Pakistan honoured this day with some excellent events on and around the big day of Tuesday 8 March.

  12. Women at Work – Trends 2016

    08 March 2016

    Gender gap in labour force participation has declined only marginally. Joni Simpson, Senior Specialist on Gender, Equality & Non-Discrimination, explains the report findings including wage gaps and some of the specific challenges that prevent women in Asia and the Pacific from contributing fully to the economy and society.

  13. Women are capable of working on rural road works

    08 March 2016

    The Roads for Development Programme (R4D) utilises ‘labour-based technologies’ in the rehabilitation and maintenance of rural roads in Timor-Leste. To date 500,000 labour days have been generated for local labourers – 150,000 labour days for women (30 per cent) and 350,000 for men (70 per cent).

  14. Sri Lanka: From dream to work

    01 March 2016

    A new ILO project helps people find decent jobs in areas of Sri Lanka that were affected by civil war.

  15. HIV and AIDS in India: Voluntary testing of workers reaches 1.3 million in five states

    24 February 2016

    Recently released figures show the ILO’s programme of combatting HIV and AIDS through workplaces in India continues to deliver strong results.

  16. Rising from disaster to a business woman

    15 February 2016

    In her small shop, Susiyanti Br Sembiring was busy serving hot black coffees to her customers. Located at the shelter for refugees of the Mt. Sinabung, Karo District of North Sumatra, her small shop also provides daily needs, beverages and vegetables.

  17. Building better morale boosts company competitiveness

    01 February 2016

    An ILO programme builds trust and improves working conditions through dialogue and workplace consultation. Businesses benefit as a result.

  18. Story of Lila: Stop discriminating people with HIV

    26 January 2016

    It felt like yesterday for Lila (name has been changed), 35 years old, remembering the day she knew that she was infected with HIV, eight years ago.


  1. New services help Vanuatu recover from Cyclone Pam

    01 December 2015

    As world leaders discuss climate change in Paris, the ILO is helping Vanuatu to rebuild stronger and greener to better prepare for future storms.

  2. © Dominique Faget / AFP 2016

    France: Climate agreement «should be as ambitious as possible»

    27 November 2015

    As the Paris Climate Conference gets under way, ILO News spoke to Ambassador Elisabeth Laurin, France’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva and to International Organizations in Switzerland. She talks about France’s vision on the green economy and the role the ILO and social partners can play.