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.
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.
27 July 2017
This video highlights the implementation modality and results of an ILO project that aims to enhance SME productivity and competitiveness through responsible workplace practices. The project targeted a number of SMEs in the agro-food and printing and packaging sectors in Jordan and Lebanon.
28 June 2017
This video examines some of the challenges and opportunities faced by Syrians obtaining work permits in Jordan which will give the majority of Syrian refugee workers a sense of stability and security, yet more efforts were needed to improve their overall working conditions.
12 June 2017
Globally over 1.5 billion people live in countries that are affected by conflict, violence and fragility. At the same time, around 200 million people are affected by disasters every year. A third of them are children. A significant proportion of the 168 million children engaged in child labour live in areas affected by conflict and disaster. The World Day Against Child Labour this year focuses on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour.
12 June 2017
Conflicts and disasters have a devastating impact on people’s lives. They push millions of children into child labour or into the hands of traffickers. Working together, we can accelerate action to end child labour in areas affected by conflicts and disasters.
A Challenging Market Becomes More Challenging: Jordanian Workers, Migrant Workers and Refugees in the Jordanian Labour Market
12 June 2017
How can Jordan increase employment among its citizens? How can Syrian refugees be incorporated into the labour market without displacing Jordanians? How can the government ensure decent working conditions for all workers? A new ILO study, based on comprehensive primary data gathering in the fall of 2016, looks at ways to address these challenges.
01 June 2017
An ILO initiative saw the development of a demoplot in north Lebanon to support change of practices among potato farmers towards better and higher-standard products that are acceptable for EU export, in accordance with Global Good Agriculture Practices (GlobalGAP) standards. The ILO and its partners embarked on a unique project to experiment with new varieties of potatoes, and open up new markets for commerce.
30 May 2017
As part of efforts to boost the labour force participation of Syrian and Jordanian women, the ILO is implementing training and employment initiatives in the sweets-making industry. Some women have already found employment in local sweets shops, while others have set-up their own home-based businesses.
24 May 2017
The 106th International Labour Conference gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland from 5 -16 June 2017. This year's session brings together over 4,000 delegates from around the globe to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world of work today.
03 May 2017
In search of a job to support his family, a man accepts an offer from a recruiter and signs a contract for what looks like a good job with decent wages. Once at destination, the reality is very different.
26 April 2017
The Tripartite Arab Meeting on the Future of Work brought together government, worker and employer representatives, along with youth and private sector leaders, to explore the forces transforming the world of work in Arab States, and to discuss the best policies and actions needed to create a better future of work.
13 April 2017
Over six years into the Syria conflict, Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the local communities hosting them are finding it difficult to cope with the dire economic and labour market challenges brought about by the influx of vast numbers of refugees. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder visited Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley to meet first-hand some of those affected by the crisis.
07 April 2017
In March 2017, the National Federation of Employees' and Workers' Unions in Lebanon (FENASOL) joined the My Fair Home Campaign, an initiative of the International Domestic Workers Federation and the International Labour Organization. FENASOL affiliates from various Lebanese unions took the pledge to respect domestic workers' rights in their own homes.
22 March 2017
A Video Message from Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization and Chair of UN-Water, on the occasion of World Water Day 2017.
03 March 2017
Very often, the same jobs are given two different titles according to the worker’s gender. Such stereotypes may lead to a difference in wages. ILO partner Jordan Pay Equity Campaign conducted a social experiment to help identify people’s understandings of women and men’s roles in jobs of equal value.
06 February 2017
Following the publication of the ILO’s Yemen Damage and Needs Assessment: Crisis Impact on Employment and the Labour Market, we take a look at how the destruction of a Yemen ceramics factory – only one of numerous workplaces destroyed since the escalation of the crisis in 2015 – has led to the loss of hundreds of jobs, and increased the vulnerability of those who had relied on it for their livelihood.
02 February 2017
From a refugee camp to the classrooms of Harvard, Abeer is a young woman who has accomplished an ambitious mission against stereotypes and adversities. She has become a leading business woman who uses modern technology to provide jobs to young women and men who live and work in fragile territories like Gaza. Determined and well spoken, Abeer has seized opportunities provided by international organizations and transformed herself into a successful businesswoman. She hopes her story will inspire many young women in the Arab states to follow their dreams.
23 January 2017
The ILO has partnered with the National Employment and Training Company to help Syrian refugees and Jordanians working in the construction sector upgrade their professional expertise and obtain accredited skills certificates. The programme includes four weeks of practical and theoretical work in professions such as floor layering, painting, plastering, plumbing and interior decoration. The footage used in this video is amateur footage captured by the workers themselves.
ILO’s Ruba Jaradat: innovation, policy reform and labour rights key to boosting growth and job creation in MENA region
11 January 2017
ILO Regional Director for Arab States Ruba Jaradat participated in high-level panel organized by the International Finance Corporation, and held on the sidelines of the World Bank/ IMF Annual Meeting in October 2016, under the title “Growth and job creation: skills and entrepreneurship for youth in the MENA region.” In the following video excerpts from the panel discussion, Jaradat speaks on world-of-work issues such as job creation, policy reforms, labour market fragility, women’s economic participation, and empowering the private sector in the Arab region.