ILO in the Arab States
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ILO in the Arab States

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
"Poverty is not yet defeated: 375 million working women and men do not earn enough to keep themselves and their families out of extreme poverty," warns ILO Director-General.
© ILO/Jared J. Kohler 2014
Gender Equity
The lack of pay equity between men & women in Jordan’s private education sector highlights a national trend that demands a holistic response.
© P. Virot/ILO 2014
Social protection
An ILO report released ahead of the International Day of Older Persons says that 52 per cent of older persons worldwide receive a pension, but levels are inadequate and the trend has worsened due to fiscal consolidation.
Youth employment
Jordan is a "young" country, with over 60 per cent of its population under 30. But Jordan's youth face the difficult task finding work, as more than half of them are unemployed.
The ILO Regional Office for Arab States promotes decent work in the Levant and the Gulf, covering 11 countries: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. ILO activities in the occupied Palestinian territory are also part of the Regional Office portfolio.

Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan and Lebanon

Since 2012, the flow of refugees from Syria to neighbouring countries has continued unabated and today constitutes one of the largest, most protracted humanitarian emergencies of its kind. The refugee-receiving countries of Jordan and Lebanon were already experiencing difficult economic conditions before the Syrian crisis led to a dramatic increase in labour supply, which has added considerable pressure on their fragile labour markets. The effects of the crisis are also increasingly spilling over into neighbouring countries’ economic and social spheres, resulting in loss of economic activity and income as well as dwindling access to quality public services.

The "ILO Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan and Lebanon" is development-focussed in its support of refugees and host communities and it aims to preserve social and economic stability at the national level.

What's new

  1. Event

    ILO and J-PAL Executive Education Course, Sharjah 2014

    16 November 2014

    Hosted by Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, International Labor Organization and American University of Sharjah

  2. Decent Work for Domestic Workers

    ILO showcases challenges and opportunities in making decent work a reality for migrant domestic workers in Arab states

    14 October 2014

    The ILO’s flagship projects on labour migration and decent work for domestic workers in the Arab States gathered regional and international stakeholders at a technical workshop to showcase the challenges, opportunities and outcomes stemming from their ground-breaking activities in the region.


    Dignity, Rights and Domestic Work in Arab states: Technical workshop on challenges and good practices

    09 October 2014

    The ILO’s flagship projects on labour migration and decent work for domestic workers hold a technical workshop to showcase the challenges, opportunities and outcomes stemming from its innovative activities in the region.


  1. Labour inspection, gender equality and non-discrimination in the Arab states: guide book

    This guide book builds on a number of global and regional materials on gender equality, discrimination and labour inspections.

  2. A manual for gender audit facilitators: The ILO participatory gender audit methodology (2nd Edition)

    This revised Manual provides gender audit facilitators with guidelines and practical instructions on how to plan and implement participatory gender audits (PGAs) in an organizational context.

  3. Tricked and Trapped: Human Trafficking in the Middle East

    This study sheds light on the situation of trafficked adult workers in the Middle East, both women and men.

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