Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED)

The Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED), part of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department, is responsible for promoting equality and respect for diversity in the world of work. GED expertise focuses on issues related to equal opportunities and treatment for all women and men in the world of work, and eliminating discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, indigenous identity and disability. The Branch provides policy advice, tools, guidance and technical assistance to constituents on issues such as promoting more inclusive workplaces and ensuring that policies, programmes and institutions are gender-responsive.

The Branch coordinates the global ILO Gender Network, the ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality, and the Disability Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan. It also conducts participatory gender audits and training, including at the ILO Gender Academy. GED participates in United Nations inter-agency initiatives on gender equality and women’s empowerment, decent work for persons with disabilities, and on rights of indigenous and tribal peoples.


  1. International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

    Indigenous Peoples in the World of Work in Asia

  2. Briefing Note

    Indigenous Peoples in the World of Work Snapshots from Asia

  3. Briefing Note

    Discrimination at work on the basis of
    sexual orientation and gender identity:
    Results of the ILO’s PRIDE Project

  4. Working paper

    PRIDE at Work - A study on discrimination at work on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in Thailand

    14 May 2015

    Working Paper No. 3 / 2015

  5. Working Paper

    The motherhood pay gap: A review of the issues, theory and international evidence

    Working Paper No. 1 / 2015

  6. Comment by Martin Oelz, ILO Legal Specialist

    World Conference on Indigenous Peoples - When indigenous and world leaders meet, what does it mean for the ILO?

    17 September 2014

    In a few days the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will open at the United Nations General Assembly in New York – the first time several Heads of Governments and States will meet indigenous peoples’ representatives from all over world in the same venue.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

Key resources

  1. ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality 2010-15 - Phase III: Aligned with Programme and Budget 2014-15

    3 The ILO Action Plan for 2010-15: Phase III was submitted to the Governing Body in March 2012 and is aligned with the Programme and Budget 2014-15. Phase III reproduces the gender-related strategies and indicators of outcomes in the P&B 2014-15 and links them to the corresponding conclusions contained in the 2009 ILC Resolution on Gender Equality. The Action Plan is to be independently evaluated in 2015.

  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.

  4. Reports and conclusions of the ILC 2009 Committee on Gender Equality