Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED)

The Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED), part of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department of the International Labour Office, 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 including with respect to promoting more inclusive workplaces, and ensuring that policies, programmes and institutions are gender-responsive.

GED coordinates the ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality, which is the results-based tool for operationalizing the 1999 policy on gender equality and mainstreaming in the International Labour Office.

The Branch oversees the ILO global Gender Network comprised of headquarters-based Gender Coordinators and field-based Senior Gender Specialists, along with gender focal points in all units and offices.

GED participates in United Nations inter-agency initiatives that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as decent work for persons with disabilities, and the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples. The Branch also liaises with civil society groups and academic institutions.


  1. Brochure - ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality

    The Action Plan, mandated by the ILO policy on gender equality, is a strategic tool to help achieve the goal of equality between women and men in the world of work.

  2. The rights of indigenous peoples in Asia

    This report seeks to draw a realistic picture of major trends and challenges, and identifies important new opportunities in the framework of the new global agendas on sustainable development and climate action, which call for specific attention regarding the rights and concerns of indigenous peoples.

  3. Executive Summary - The rights of indigenous peoples in Asia

    This is a human rights-based overview of national legal and policy frameworks against the backdrop of country strategies for development and poverty reduction.

  4. Publication

    Closing the gender pay gap: A review of the issues, policy mechanisms and international evidence

    This paper aspires to review key issues, policy mechanisms and international evidence with respect to
    closing the gender pay gap. The core focus of this report is on wage setting institutions and their
    impact on inclusive and gender equitable labour markets.

  5. Working Paper

    Addressing Occupational Violence: An overview of conceptual and policy considerations viewed through a gender lens

    GED Working Paper No. 5/2016

  6. Publication

    Procedures for consultations with indigenous peoples - Experiences from Norway

  7. Women at Work Trends 2016

    The Women at Work report provides the latest ILO data on women’s position in labour markets, examines the factors behind these trends and explores the policy drivers for transformative change.

  8. Publication

    Global Mapping of the Provision of Care through Cooperatives - Survey and Interview Findings

    ILO Cooperatives Unit (COOP) and the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED) undertook a joint initiative to assess the global landscape of cooperatives that provide care, identify the challenges and opportunities that cooperatives face, and determine the resources that cooperatives need in order to be viable care providers, enterprises and employers.

  9. Status Report

    Indigenous Peoples in the World of Work in Asia and the Pacific

  10. Working Paper

    The gender and motherhood wage gap in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: An econometric analysis

    Working Paper No. 6 / 2015

  11. Event

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015: A Day for All

  12. Decision from the ILO GB 325th Session

    Violence against women and men in the world of work

    ILO Governing Body agrees to placing a standard setting item on the agenda for the 2018 International Labour Conference on 'Violence against women and men in the world of work' and asks the ILO to convene a Tripartite Meeting of Experts to discuss the subject in 2016.

Key resources

  1. ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality 2018-21

    This Action Plan aims to support effective and inclusive gender-responsive delivery of the Decent Work Agenda by operationalizing the ILO gender equality policy.

  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