The ILO has incorporated gender equality and mainstreaming into its own policy and programs and operationalizes a range of initiatives within the objectives defined in ILO’s Action Plan for Gender Equality, 2010-15,
The ILO Office in Washington works in close collaboration with its U.S. constituents to advance compliance of core labor standards and promote greater gender equality in the U.S. workforce.
ILO study - Maternity Protection
Maternity protection and work-family measures can generate positive outcomes for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), says ILO Specialist Laura Addati.
May 13, 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.
What's happening in the US
August 25, 2014
The US Labor Department and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs OFCCP announced measures to update enforcement protocols and provide guidance to clarify that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is discrimination based on sex. The US Government will provide the full protection of federal non-discrimination laws that are enforced to transgender individuals. This follows President Obama's signing of Executive Order 13672 adding sexual orientation and gender identity as independent categories protected by Executive Order 11246, which OFCCP enforces. This holds a welcomed step to embrace diversity and inclusion at the workplace. The guidance can be found here
10 June 2013
8 March 2013
President Obama signed a bill that both strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
On February 28, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the previously Senate-approved and updated Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which now extends protection to gay, lesbian, and transgender people as well as immigrants and Native Americans.