Feature articles


  1. After the flood: Turning disaster into opportunity

    21 July 2016

    Following the devastating floods in Pakistan’s rural Sindh province, the International Labour Organization joined the United Nations to help thousands of families put their lives back on track.

  2. The Voice of the Voiceless Campaign: Mariana Renata

    21 July 2016

    “My name is Yohana and I am living with HIV,” narrated Mariana Renata, a top Indonesian model, joining other artists and athletes around the world in the ILO’s “Voice of the Voiceless” initiative to give voice to people living with HIV/AIDS who are not able to tell their own stories.

  3. Working with dignity and freedom

    14 July 2016

    Anupa talks about how informed migration, fair recruitment practices can play a pivotal role in ensuring decent work for many migrant women workers like her.

  4. Story of Yohana: “I am as productive as other workers”

    04 July 2016

    Yohana* (name has been changed) is one of the plantation workers at one of the multinational company in Papua. She heard about HIV and AIDS, but she had never really learnt about it. She even never thought about HIV.

  5. Delicious original meatball business

    23 June 2016

    Two years ago, realizing that no meatballs made by Timorese were available at local supermarkets, a 42-year-old woman, Luisa Maria S. da Silva, was inspired to become a supplier of fresh meatballs.

  6. More employment opportunities for people with disabilities

    15 June 2016

    The Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Manpower has developed and implemented programme initiatives to promote equal employment opportunity for people with disabilities. The Ministry of Manpower has also participated and supported the ILO’s PROPEL-Indonesia project. To learn about what has been done and what will be further done on disability related issues, below is the interview with Sapto Purnomo, Deputy Director for Vulnerable Labour Placement of the Directorate of Domestic Manpower Placement of the Ministry of Manpower.

  7. Zety’s dedication and strength

    09 June 2016

    Behind her calmness and softness, there lies great enthusiasm and strength. Lizete Maria Maia dos Santos, 42 years old, is one of few women in Timor-Leste working as a Village Livestock Worker, and has done so since 2003.

  8. Diversity brings prosperity in Northern Sri Lanka

    01 June 2016

    The ILO and Australian government are working to reduce vulnerability and strengthen market networks for Sri Lankan smallholders.

  9. Immediate recovery from disaster through emergency employment

    30 May 2016

    With the minimum wage she earned in the 15-day Emergency Employment programme she was able to buy food for her son. She was also enrolled in social security, accident and health insurance, and received personal protective equipment (PPE).

  10. Skills acquisition towards recovery

    30 May 2016

    While Ponciano delos Santos, Jr’s participation in one of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) training programmes was thanks to a stroke of good luck, how he positioned himself to achieve his goals was the product of hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity, both natural and man-made.

  11. Climate-resilient path to recovery

    30 May 2016

    Lia participated in the water shed rehabilitation programme and for 15 days of work received Php260.00 daily minimum wage, three months' enrolment in social security and health insurance, a year of accident insurance, personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand tools.

  12. Helping one's self by helping others

    30 May 2016

    Marites Veleganio's new skill paved the way for her inclusion in the ILO’s Post-Haiyan Community Rebuilding for Northern Cebu Programme, which needed some skilled workers to assist the non-skilled hires. Marites participated in the construction of a training centre in a Gawad Kalinga housing development (village) in Medellin, Bantayan Island that would help its Haiyan-displaced residents secure better livelihoods.

  13. The skilled butcher from Ebai Talho, Timor-Leste

    27 May 2016

    Jeferino Aleixo Saldanha’s hands skilfully cut and slice the fresh beef into a variety of ready-to-cook cuts - sirloin, tenderloin, rump steak, cube roll and rendang. He also expertly trims the fat from the meat and ensures its hygiene and quality before selling the cuts to customers.

  14. Improving the tourism potential of Atauro Island, Timor-Leste

    18 May 2016

    Atauro is a small island close to Dili, the capital city of Timor-Leste. The country is located in the Coral Triangle known for its rich and abundant marine life. The pristine natural environment is its biggest draw. With rugged mountains and a long coastline, such as those found in Atauro, Timor-Leste is one of the upcoming tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. With a population of 10,000 people, Arauro can be easily reached from Dili by ferry, water taxi, or charter plane.

  15. Felix Manuel: “I aspire to make my clothing label famous”

    10 May 2016

    “I aspire to open a ready-to-wear clothing store with my own label in Timor-Leste, and I desire to make my label, Hare Cloth Apparel, famous in this country,” said 26-year-old Felix Manuel de Jesus Amarel, showing his determination to achieve his dream of developing a clothing business.

  16. Smart phones, smart workplaces

    02 May 2016

    Almost all garment workers in Asia now own a mobile phone. The ILO’s Better Work programme is finding ways of using this technology to deliver important information.

  17. 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.

  18. Improved its productivity, a SCORE participating company awarded with the Parama Karya

    26 April 2016

    No more chaos of samples, threads and patterns scattered around the workspace of UD Pelangi Indonesia, a medium-scale handicraft company in Malang, East Java. A neat storage room and systematic production lines have been created to make it easier for workers to access materials they need and to meet work orders.

  19. © 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.

  20. 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.