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  1. © ILO/Ala’a al Sukhni 2017

    Jordan issues first-of-their-kind work permits to Syria refugees in the Arab region

    09 August 2017

    Jordanian trade unions begin issuing non-employer-specific and non-position-specific work permits in the construction sector, following an ILO-coordinated agreement with the Government. The permits are the first of their kind to be issued to Syrian refugees in the Arab region.

  2. Developing trade unions capacities to promote social protection floor in Iraq

    04 August 2017

    The workshop objective is to bring together the Leaders of the four main national trade union centers to discuss the unions’ policy and future strategy in relation to social protection and the new draft law.


  1. Employer-Migrant Worker Relationships in the Middle East

    10 August 2017

    The visa sponsorship system governs millions of migrant workers in the Middle East. Workers are tied to one sponsor or kafeel. In most countries the sponsor controls most aspects of their lives. This video – presented by the ILO FAIRWAY project and Migrant-Rights.Org – explores how the unequal relationship between sponsor and migrant worker can be addressed, and asks what are the added benefits.

  2. What is keeping us from closing the gender gap?

    03 August 2017

    The recently launched report “World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends for Women 2017” takes stock of the barriers women face when looking for decent work.

Statements and speeches

  1. © J.C. Huayllapuma / CIFOR 2017

    Indigenous women’s voice and empowerment more important than ever to ensure a better future of work for all

    08 August 2017

    Ten years since the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted, the international community renews its commitment to promote the empowerment and voice of indigenous women.

  2. Cooperatives help to build inclusive economies and societies

    01 July 2017

    "Let us draw on the strengths of cooperatives as we pool efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and make sure that no one is left behind," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

Articles and features

  1. © Ryan Brown / UN Women 2017

    What causes gender gaps in the labour market?

    01 August 2017

    Despite the considerable progress that has been made towards achieving gender equality in the world of work, certain factors seem to be preventing it from accelerating.

  2. ILO’s Know About Business programme conducts ground-breaking activities across Arab States region

    24 July 2017

    Entrepreneurship education promoted in the Arab Region through a number of capacity building workshops targeting technical and vocational education teachers using the ILO Know About Business Programme (KAB).