ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality 2016-17

This Action Plan aims to support effective and inclusive gender-responsive delivery of the Decent Work Agenda by operationalizing the ILO gender equality policy.

As mandated by the policy, the Action Plan seeks to help achieve, through a mainstreaming strategy, women’s equality in the world of work and their empowerment. These objectives are reflected in the cross-cutting nature of gender equality in accordance with, among recent ILO policy documents, the 2008 ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization and the 2009 International Labour Conference (ILC) resolution on gender equality at the heart of decent work. Decent work, gender equality and non-discrimination also feature prominently in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the corresponding goals adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015.

The Action Plan uses a results-based management approach and is aligned with the ILO Transitional Strategic Plan 2016–17 and its corresponding programme and budget. Office-wide consultations in early 2016 focused on indicators that are now more-closely aligned with those of the UN System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP). An extensive discussion on the previous Action Plans, with a view to developing the Action Plan 2016-2017, also took place in the ILO Governing Body in March 2016.

The direct audience for the Action Plan is all ILO staff in headquarters and field offices in order to guide them in addressing gender in all their work at all levels of the Organization. The ultimate beneficiaries of the Action Plan are the tripartite constituents of ILO member States: governments and workers’ and employers’ organizations.