June 2018

  1. ILO, EU delegation visits employment centre for Jordanian and Syrian jobseekers

    20 June 2018

    The new centre is one of five EU-funded offices, being set up by the ILO with the Jordanian Government, to help connect Jordanian and Syrian job seekers with employers.

  2. Lebanon’s choir against child labour

    04 June 2018

    Lebanon has a new children’s choir – but this is a choir with a difference. All its members have, at some point in their lives, engaged in child labour – some in its worst and most hazardous forms.

March 2018

  1. A new chance at employment for Syrian refugees in Jordan

    19 March 2018

    Syrians forced to leave their country because of the war, now living in refugee camps in Jordan, have a new chance at employment. It's thanks to a job fair at an ILO employment centre for refugees, funded by the European Union.

  2. The future of care economy in the Arab States

    05 March 2018

    Throughout the course of our lives, every one of us will rely on the care of others. As the world’s population grows, and as it ages, so will the demand for care, including childhood education, social work, domestic work, healthcare services, disability care and long-term care for the elderly. The future care economy of the Arab States can generate more decent jobs, enable more women to join the workforce, and better protect the working conditions of care workers, including migrant workers.

February 2018

  1. Know your rights as a working mother

    14 February 2018

    Huda is pregnant, but she is worried about how that will affect her job. Sahar helps her understand her rights as a working mother. If certain conditions are in place, the school where she works must establish a nursery for the children of its employees, and she is entitled to one hour of breastfeeding daily.

  2. Know Your Rights

    14 February 2018

    In this video, our friend Sahar helps her teacher colleagues understand their rights by explaining how their employers must respect the Collective Agreement for teachers in the private sector, and what they should do if they have a complaint against their employer.

  3. The First Salary

    14 February 2018

    Did you know that in 2010, the Statistics bureau of Jordan found that the gender pay gap in the teaching sector is 24.5 per cent? In this video, Sahar shares the story of what it was like for her to receive her first salary as a teacher in a private school in Jordan.

December 2017

  1. Iraq’s Deputy Minister of Labour: the new social security law will help support the private sector and strengthen workers’ rights

    21 December 2017

    On the sidelines of a workshop for high-level Iraqi officials organized by the ILO to support the Government of Iraq in drafting its new social security law, we speak to Iraq’s Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Abdel Karim Al-Janabi on the importance of the new law which, once adopted, will be the first to cover all public and private sector workers in Iraq.

  2. Giving child labourers a voice through music

    15 December 2017

    Thousands of children in Lebanon are engaged in child labour – many in some of its worst forms. The ILO and Lebanon’s Ministry of Labour teamed up with renowned conductor and choirmaster Selim Sahab, together setting up a special choir to empower these children, and give them a voice through music. This ILO-led initiative is part of efforts to implement Lebanon’s National Action Plan to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour.

November 2017

  1. Keynote and Panel Presentation

    17 November 2017

    ILO-IFAD Taqeem Policy Roundtable: What works in promoting entrepreneurship for rural women?

August 2017

  1. Employer-Migrant Worker Relationships in the Middle East

    10 August 2017

    The visa sponsorship system governs millions of migrant workers in the Middle East. Workers are tied to one sponsor or kafeel. In most countries the sponsor controls most aspects of their lives. This video – presented by the ILO FAIRWAY project and Migrant-Rights.Org – explores how the unequal relationship between sponsor and migrant worker can be addressed, and asks what are the added benefits.

  2. What is keeping us from closing the gender gap?

    03 August 2017

    The recently launched report “World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends for Women 2017” takes stock of the barriers women face when looking for decent work.

July 2017

  1. Enhancing SME productivity and competitiveness through responsible workplace practices

    27 July 2017

    This video highlights the implementation modality and results of an ILO project that aims to enhance SME productivity and competitiveness through responsible workplace practices. The project targeted a number of SMEs in the agro-food and printing and packaging sectors in Jordan and Lebanon.

June 2017

  1. Video: Syrian refugees embrace work permits, but some worries remain

    28 June 2017

    This video examines some of the challenges and opportunities faced by Syrians obtaining work permits in Jordan which will give the majority of Syrian refugee workers a sense of stability and security, yet more efforts were needed to improve their overall working conditions.

  2. B-roll: In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour

    12 June 2017

    Globally over 1.5 billion people live in countries that are affected by conflict, violence and fragility. At the same time, around 200 million people are affected by disasters every year. A third of them are children. A significant proportion of the 168 million children engaged in child labour live in areas affected by conflict and disaster. The World Day Against Child Labour this year focuses on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour.

  3. Video: In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour

    12 June 2017

    Conflicts and disasters have a devastating impact on people’s lives. They push millions of children into child labour or into the hands of traffickers. Working together, we can accelerate action to end child labour in areas affected by conflicts and disasters.

  4. A Challenging Market Becomes More Challenging: Jordanian Workers, Migrant Workers and Refugees in the Jordanian Labour Market

    12 June 2017

    How can Jordan increase employment among its citizens? How can Syrian refugees be incorporated into the labour market without displacing Jordanians? How can the government ensure decent working conditions for all workers? A new ILO study, based on comprehensive primary data gathering in the fall of 2016, looks at ways to address these challenges.

  5. Introducing Lebanese farmers to new varieties of potatoes and wider markets

    01 June 2017

    An ILO initiative saw the development of a demoplot in north Lebanon to support change of practices among potato farmers towards better and higher-standard products that are acceptable for EU export, in accordance with Global Good Agriculture Practices (GlobalGAP) standards. The ILO and its partners embarked on a unique project to experiment with new varieties of potatoes, and open up new markets for commerce.

May 2017

  1. Syrian and Jordanian women find sweet success in training and employment project in Jordan

    30 May 2017

    As part of efforts to boost the labour force participation of Syrian and Jordanian women, the ILO is implementing training and employment initiatives in the sweets-making industry. Some women have already found employment in local sweets shops, while others have set-up their own home-based businesses.

  2. Shaping the world of work: The 106th International Labour Conference

    24 May 2017

    The 106th International Labour Conference gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland from 5 -16 June 2017. This year's session brings together over 4,000 delegates from around the globe to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world of work today.