Disability and work

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People with disabilities make up an estimated one billion, or 15 per cent, of the world's population. About 80 per cent are of working age. The right of people with disabilities to decent work, however, is frequently denied. People with disabilities, particularly women with disabilities, face enormous attitudinal, physical and informational barriers to equal opportunities in the world of work. Read more>>

What's new

  1. 11th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    Promoting the right to decent work of persons with disabilities through Sustainable Development Goals

    20 June 2018

  2. Extension of Social Security - Working Paper - ESS 58

    Universal Social Protection Floors: Costing Estimates and Affordability in 57 Lower Income Countries

    13 December 2017

  3. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    How trade unions promote decent work for persons with disabilities

    03 December 2017

Wage employment of persons with disabilities

  1. The benefits of a diverse workforce which includes disabled employees are increasingly recognized by private and public companies.

Labour market statistics on persons with disabilities

  1. Having better statistical data is essential to design and implement more inclusive labour market interventions.

Workers’ associations and disability

  1. Trade unions have a key role to play in promoting the rights of workers with disabilities.

Disability-inclusive social protection

  1. Social protection schemes should be made inclusive of people with disabilities and provide incentives for persons with disabilities to enter and stay in the labour market.