Feature articles

July 2018

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    Labour rights: The means to tackle human trafficking

    27 July 2018

    Op-ed by Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, the regional director for the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Asia and the Pacific. The ILO currently has nine programmes against forced labour and human trafficking worldwide, four of them are in Asia and the Pacific.

March 2018

  1. Mullaitivu’s first all-female cooperative brings women farmers to the fore

    22 March 2018

    Cooperatives have enjoyed success in Sri Lanka. By banding together, farmers and fishermen have been able to access markets, enjoy the advantages of collective purchasing and marketing, tap credit facilities and access social welfare programs.

November 2017

  1. Free from debt and bonded labour in Sri Lanka’s fisheries

    01 November 2017

    ILO's project helps free fishermen from debt bondage and supports livelihoods.

August 2017

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    How to get more young people into better jobs

    10 August 2017

    New ILO book focuses on the global challenge of youth unemployment and proposes policies to create more decent jobs for young women and men.

April 2017

  1. How data can protect workers’ health and lives

    28 April 2017

    This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable occupational safety and health data. Dr Francisco Santos-O'Connor (ILO Senior Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health – OSH for Asia) explains the importance of optimizing the collection and use of these data.

September 2016

  1. Post war resilience: New skills bring better incomes for Sri Lankan women

    01 September 2016

    An ILO and Australian Government project is increasing economic resilience and prosperity in post-war Sri Lanka.

June 2016

  1. 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.

March 2016

  1. Women at Work – Trends 2016

    08 March 2016

    Gender gap in labour force participation has declined only marginally. Joni Simpson, Senior Specialist on Gender, Equality & Non-Discrimination, explains the report findings including wage gaps and some of the specific challenges that prevent women in Asia and the Pacific from contributing fully to the economy and society.

  2. Sri Lanka: From dream to work

    01 March 2016

    A new ILO project helps people find decent jobs in areas of Sri Lanka that were affected by civil war.

May 2015

  1. The way back to school

    31 May 2015

    Saddis Kumar's mother works in a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. His father is unable to work due to a health problem. Saddis was about to fall into child labour, but then the ILO intervened. Read his story.