Gender equality

  • Eustaquio Santimano
  • Hashoo Foundation USA - Houston, TX
  • Gaganjit Singh / UN Women
  • Jobson / UNICEF
  • Thierry Falise / ILO
  • M. Rakusen / AFP
  • DVIDSHUB
The primary goal of the ILO is to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Gender equality is a key element in reaching this goal and is a cross-cutting policy driver for all ILO policy outcomes.

The ILO Policy on Gender Equality and Mainstreaming supports a two-pronged approach of gender mainstreaming: analysing and addressing in all ILO initiatives the specific needs of both women and men, and targeted interventions to enable women and men to participate in, and benefit equally from, development efforts.

News and articles

  1. Our impact, their voices

    Women entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe strive for a brighter future

    19 April 2017

  2. Sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women

    Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work

    13 March 2017

  3. News

    Coalition for equal pay for work of equal value between women and men

    09 March 2017

Projects

  1. Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through development cooperation

    Beyond mainstreaming gender into all its development cooperation projects, the ILO coordinates a portfolio of specific projects.

Highlights

  1. Interactive Map: Explore the gender labour gap around the world

    Despite significant progress over the past century, women are still a long way from achieving gender equality in the workplace. In many parts of the world, women are still trapped in low-skilled work and work longer unpaid hours. Explore the chart to learn how working women are faring around the world.

Women at work: 20 years of progress and challenges