18 December 2018
Like millions of others, Soma, now 57, left her home, friends and young children to become a domestic worker and provide for her family. Some 30 years later, she travelled to her home village in Sri Lanka with Nour, the 24-year-old Lebanese woman she helped raise.
12 December 2018
In Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, workers are digging into the rich, orange earth to build a 25 kilometre irrigation channel, as part of the ILO’s Employment Intensive Infrastructure Programme in Lebanon. Unusually, several of the construction workers are women.
08 November 2018
An ILO-supported programme which assesses and formally recognises the skills and expertise that a person has gained while working, often in the informal economy, is improving employment chances for Jordanians and Syrian refugees in Jordan.
04 October 2018
A new ILO study has identified persistent deficits in decent work and employment conditions for workers in Jordan’s agricultural sector. A large number of the workers are migrant workers and Syrian refugees.
05 August 2018
ILO training programme aims to help young women and men enhance their skills and boost their employability.
20 June 2018
The new centre is one of five EU-funded offices, being set up by the ILO with the Jordanian Government, to help connect Jordanian and Syrian job seekers with employers.
04 June 2018
Lebanon has a new children’s choir – but this is a choir with a difference. All its members have, at some point in their lives, engaged in child labour – some in its worst and most hazardous forms.
19 March 2018
Syrians forced to leave their country because of the war, now living in refugee camps in Jordan, have a new chance at employment. It's thanks to a job fair at an ILO employment centre for refugees, funded by the European Union.
05 March 2018
Throughout the course of our lives, every one of us will rely on the care of others. As the world’s population grows, and as it ages, so will the demand for care, including childhood education, social work, domestic work, healthcare services, disability care and long-term care for the elderly. The future care economy of the Arab States can generate more decent jobs, enable more women to join the workforce, and better protect the working conditions of care workers, including migrant workers.
14 February 2018
Huda is pregnant, but she is worried about how that will affect her job. Sahar helps her understand her rights as a working mother. If certain conditions are in place, the school where she works must establish a nursery for the children of its employees, and she is entitled to one hour of breastfeeding daily.
14 February 2018
In this video, our friend Sahar helps her teacher colleagues understand their rights by explaining how their employers must respect the Collective Agreement for teachers in the private sector, and what they should do if they have a complaint against their employer.
14 February 2018
Did you know that in 2010, the Statistics bureau of Jordan found that the gender pay gap in the teaching sector is 24.5 per cent? In this video, Sahar shares the story of what it was like for her to receive her first salary as a teacher in a private school in Jordan.
Iraq’s Deputy Minister of Labour: the new social security law will help support the private sector and strengthen workers’ rights
21 December 2017
On the sidelines of a workshop for high-level Iraqi officials organized by the ILO to support the Government of Iraq in drafting its new social security law, we speak to Iraq’s Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Abdel Karim Al-Janabi on the importance of the new law which, once adopted, will be the first to cover all public and private sector workers in Iraq.
15 December 2017
Thousands of children in Lebanon are engaged in child labour – many in some of its worst forms. The ILO and Lebanon’s Ministry of Labour teamed up with renowned conductor and choirmaster Selim Sahab, together setting up a special choir to empower these children, and give them a voice through music. This ILO-led initiative is part of efforts to implement Lebanon’s National Action Plan to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
17 November 2017
ILO-IFAD Taqeem Policy Roundtable: What works in promoting entrepreneurship for rural women?
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.