President of Nepal to address the ILO at the World of Work Summit

The Right Honourable President, Ms Bidya Devi Bhandari to address the International Labour Organization’s World of Work Summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

Press release | Kathmandu, Nepal | 14 June 2017
Ms Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal
The Right Honourable President, Ms Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal, will address the year’s World of Work Summit in Switzerland. The World of Work Summit is an integral part of the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC). The Summit, which will focus on the theme of women in the world of work, is scheduled for Thursday, 15 June 2017. This high-level event will see representatives of governments, employers and workers from the ILO’s 187 member States.


This year’s World of Work Summit will discuss, “A better future for women at work.” The ILO includes Women at Work as one of its centenary initiatives, providing an important opportunity to examine and reflect upon the obstacles to decent work for women, and what is needed to overcome such obstacles. The ILO will further release a report on 14 June 2017 entitled World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for Women 2017, which provides a portrait of the situation of women in the world of work today and their progress over the past 20 years. This reflection is essential to achieve the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, with decent work and gender equality at its core.

This is the first time that a Head of State of Nepal has been invited to address this Summit. The Rt. Honourable President, Ms Bidya Devi Bhandari will be joined by Her Excellency Ms Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta and Her Kathmandu (ILO News) - Excellency Ms Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius at the World of Work Summit. The Panel will see speakers who have had an active role in contributing to the progress for the women and highlight the actions they have taken as world leaders to advance gender equality in the world of work. The Summit will be held during the plenary sitting of the International Labour Conference and moderated by Nozipho Mbanjwa from CNBC Africa.

The Rt. Honourable President, in addition to being the first woman to hold the office, is also recognized by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. The Rt. Honourable President was an active politician from an early age: she served as the Treasurer for the Federation of Student’s Union (FSU) while in college; the Chairperson of the women’s wing of the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Union (GEFONT) from 1993; the Minister of Defense and the Minister for Environment and Population; and today she heads the nation as the first woman President sending messages of women empowerment throughout the world.

For more information, please contact:
Mr Richard Howard
Director, ILO Country Office for Nepal