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  1. The System-wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) is a plan to improve gender equality and the empowerment of women across the UN system.


While all staff in the ILO are responsible for promoting gender equality in their work, the Bureau for Gender Equality supports and advises constituents and Office staff at headquarters and in the field on matters concerned with promoting and advocating for gender equality in the world of work. It also manages an extensive knowledge base on gender issues, conducts ILO Participatory Gender Audits, and has a Gender Helpdesk which responds to queries to help to strengthen the capacity of staff and constituents to address questions of equality in their work.

The Bureau for Gender Equality coordinates the global ILO Gender Network, which brings together gender specialists and gender focal points at headquarters and in the field offices.


  1. Publication

    Maternity and paternity at work: Law and practice across the world
    14 May 2014

    The study reviews national law and practice on both maternity and paternity at work in 185 countries and territories including leave, benefits, employment protection, health protection, breastfeeding arrangements at work and childcare.

  2. Event

    ILO 2014 International Women's Day celebrations
    7 March 2014, 11:00 to 12:30, ILO Room II (R3)

    The ILO Women at Work Centenary Initiative: Where we are, and where we want to be

  3. Brochure

    International Women’s Day 2014: Equality for women is progress for all

    On International Women’s Day, the ILO-Irish Aid Partnership Programme on disability recognizes the leadership and achievements of individual disabled women in selected countries.

  4. Working paper

    Cash transfer programmes, poverty reduction and empowerment of women: A comparative analysis
    23 December 2013

    This comparative analysis aims to help the ILO generate new thinking on ways to improve the impact of cash transfer programmes on women's poverty alleviation and economic empowerment. Key findings relate to selected cash transfer programmes from five countries: Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico and South Africa.

  5. Working paper

    Men and Masculinities: Promoting Gender Equality in the World of Work
    10 December 2013

    This paper aims to outline some of the key areas within the world of work where considering the gender-related roles and expectations of men, and the role men can play in promoting gender equality, are useful.

  6. Working paper

    Gender dimensions of national employment policies: A 24-country study
    6 Decembre 2013

    This report provides an overview of the 24 countries sampled, including a methodology for analysis, a mapping of the gender responsiveness of the policies along a “spectrum of gender dimensions”, and an examination of the recurrent themes and patterns that emerge from the review.

  7. Publication

    Equal Pay - An introductory guide
    4 Octobre 2013

    Ensuring that the work done by women and men is valued fairly and ending pay discrimination is essential to achieving gender equality. However, pay inequality continues to persist and gender pay gaps in some instances have stagnated or even increased.

  8. Publication

    Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Vocational Training: A Practical Guide
    27 November 2013

    This guide is designed to provide practical advice to administrators and trainers in vocational training centres and vocational training programmes about how to include people with disabilities.

Key resources

  1. ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality : Phase II (2012-13)

    This Action Plan reproduces the gender-related strategies and indicators of outcomes in the P&B 2012-13 and links them to the corresponding conclusions contained in the 2009 ILC Resolution concerning gender equality at the heart of decent work.

  2. ILO Participatory Gender Audits

    ILO uses participatory gender audits to promote individual and organizational learning on ways to mainstream gender in order to help achieve equality between women and men.

  3. ILO Gender Network Handbook

    This handbook is targeted to ILO Gender network members as well as all ILO staff and representatives of constituents – governments, and employers’ and workers’ organizations – as a support to effectively mainstream gender in all their work.

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