8 March 2010

ILO celebrates International Women's Day

Each year, ILO celebrates International Women’s Day with an event honouring women of courage and conviction, from different aspects of the world of work. In 2010, the theme for ILO's celebration is "What’s working for working women!".

“What’s working for working women!”

Fifteen years have passed since the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, decided on a global Platform for Action on gender equality and women’s empowerment. ILO’s message to the Beijing Conference was “All Women are Working Women”. A panel at ILO on 8 March 2010 provided the opportunity to share experiences on successes since 1995, as well as remaining challenges towards achieving true gender equality in the world of work.

On the panel were representatives of both employers’ and workers’ organizations, as well as government representatives, from diverse countries and backgrounds.

In addition, a special art and photo exhibition entitled "Women Eternal Feminine Plural", on loan from the Brazilian Mission in Geneva, was inaugurated at ILO headquarters in the presence of Her Excellency Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations at Geneva, as well as Chairperson of the ILO Governing Body. 

Promising Practices: How cooperatives work for working women in Africa - [pdf 351 KB]