Videos and Photos

2009

  1. Child Labour

    India: Fighting Child Labour with Street Plays

    28 September 2009

    Like every complex problem, the causes of child labour are many: social, economic, cultural, and political factors all play a role. But perhaps the best way to help people understand and do something about the plague of child labour is to reach out to them on their own terms, using stories taken from real life. In India, this unique approach is having remarkable results, and it is playing out on the streets of hundreds of villages.

  2. Video

    Never Abandon, Never Give Up

    22 July 2009

    The ILO project has developed a range of behaviour change communication materials including a short, Charlie Chaplin style film to encourage stigma reduction and condom promotion. The film "Never Abandon, Never Give Up" stars leading Chinese actor Wang Baoqiang, himself a former migrant construction worker in Beijing. The film tells the story of a famous actor who visits his "hometown fellow" who has HIV and is facing isolation from his coworkers.

  3. Audio

    Prime Minister of Bangladesh speaks at Global Jobs Summit

    17 June 2009

    Speaking by video address to the Global Jobs Summit at the 98th International Labour Conference (ILC), the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh shared her concerns with other world leaders about the on-going crises in financial and jobs markets. At the closing session of the Summit, Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina added that special action was needed to address the needs of the world’s less developed countries and in particular migrant workers, a group of people whose needs would have to be addressed jointly by migrant sending and receiving countries. The ILC has attracted 4,000 delegates from Governments, Workers and Employers organizations from more than 180 countries to the annual event of the UN agency dealing with issues affecting the world of work.

  4. Audio

    Indian employers’ delegate at Global Jobs Summit calls for effective international regulatory consensus

    16 June 2009

    A leading Indian businessman said in order to tackle the global jobs crisis and coordinate development cooperation, the world would need to work together to arrive at regulatory consensus. Mr Yogendra Kr. Modi, Indian Advisor and Substitute Employers Delegate to the International Labour Conference, and Member of the ILO Governing Body, made the comments during a panel discussion at the ILC’s Global Jobs Summit in Geneva.

  5. World Day Against Child Labour

    Financial crisis threatens progress on child labour in Mongolia

    12 June 2009

    A new report from the International Labour Office warns that the global financial and economic crisis could push an increasing number of children, particularly girls, into child labour. Eliminating child labour in developing countries like Mongolia will depend on keeping access to education open to children, especially girls who are vulnerable in times of economic downturn.

  6. Audio

    India's poorest workers get organized (SEWA)

    03 June 2009

    Hundreds of millions of women worldwide work in the so-called informal sector (e.g. a job without regular income and benefits). Many women are trapped in this sector because they lack education, skills, or have other commitments which prevent full-time or regular work. In India nine out of ten working women are in informal work – with no rights, medical insurance, contract, or guaranteed minimum consequently, they and their families remain trapped in poverty. But in the Indian city of Ahmedabad, Ella Bhatt, a woman who has earned the nickname of "the gentle revolutionary", has set up a unique organization – the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA). SEWA has not only helped thousands find a way out of the poverty trap, it has given them access to financial services, and a way of making themselves heard by Government.

  7. Audio

    India’s female taxi drivers

    03 June 2009

    For millions of women going out to work is a necessary. But earning a living can be a dangerous business if you are poor and female, and live in India. Many jobs carry a very high risk of accidents, sickness or assault. This issue – women's right to work safely – is currently being highlighted by a global gender campaign, organized by the International Labour Organization – the UN agency dealing with workplace issues. (The Campaign culminates with a debate in June at an international conference in Geneva). In India, some women have decided to look for solutions themselves, by training as Delhi's first female taxi drivers and offering a service to working women.

  8. Audio

    Barefoot solar engineers

    03 June 2009

    Everyone's affected by climate change, but women are increasingly being seen as more vulnerable than men because they represent the majority of the world's poor and are proportionally more dependent on threatened natural resources. In India's Rajasthan desert some of the region's poorest are being trained as "barefoot solar engineers" so putting these ideas into practice and showing how the new idea of "green jobs" can also help alleviate poverty.

  9. Video

    International Labour Conference (ILC) 2009: Interview with Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Minister of Labour and Employment and Expatriates, Bangladesh

    02 June 2009

    Delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC) were asked to give their views on the importance of decent work and the role of the Global Jobs Pact in ensuring that employment-friendly measures were incorporated into national responses to the global economic and jobs crisis.

  10. Video

    International Labour Conference (ILC) 2009: Interview with Brent Wilton, Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers

    02 June 2009

    Delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC) were asked to give their views on the importance of decent work and the role of the Global Jobs Pact in ensuring that employment-friendly measures were incorporated into national responses to the global economic and jobs crisis.