Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch (GEDI)

The Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch (GEDI), part of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department of the International Labour Office, is responsible for promoting gender equality and inclusion, respect for diversity and managing the ILO’s programme on HIV and AIDS and the world of work.

The Branch strives for the elimination of discrimination, including based on gender, race, ethnicity, indigenous status, disability and HIV status. It provides advice, tools guidance and technical assistance to constituents with respect to promoting more inclusive workplaces and addressing multiple grounds of discrimination.

GEDI participates in United Nations inter-agency initiatives that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, decent work for persons with disabilities and people living with HIV and the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples. The Branch also liaises with civil society groups and academic institutions.

The different areas addressed by the Branch are central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to ensuring that “no one is left behind” in the implementation of this ambitious and transformative agenda.

GEDI coordinates the ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality, which is the results-based tool for operationalizing the 1999 policy on gender equality and mainstreaming.

The Branch oversees the ILO global Gender Network comprised of headquarters-based Gender Coordinators and field-based Senior Gender Specialists, along with gender focal points in all units and offices.

Different aspects of the work of the Branch can be seen at the following links:

Gender equality Disability Indigenous and tribal peoples Care economy HIV and AIDS Violence and harassment EPIC


  1. COVID-19 and the world of work: Ensuring no one is left behind in the response and recovery

    This brief is part of a series on leaving no one behind in the context of COVID-19 and the world of work. It provides an overview of specific groups that risk being left behind: people with disabilities, indigenous and tribal peoples, people living with HIV, and migrant workers.

  2. COVID-19 and the World of Work:Ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities at all stages of the response

    This brief highlights key issues that a disability-inclusive COVID-19 response, as called for by the UN Secretary-General, should address. It is based on the ILO approach to promoting decent work for all and ensuring employment and social protection for persons with disabilities. Doing so will contribute to each of the ILO’s key pillars in fighting COVID-19 in the world of work.

  3. Covid-19 and the world of work: A focus on people living with HIV

    Part of the ILO series on leaving no one behind in COVID-19 and the world of work, this brief describes the impact of the pandemic on people living with HIV and makes recommendations for a COVID-19 response and recovery in the world of work that is inclusive of people living with HIV.

  4. COVID-19 and the world of work: A focus on indigenous and tribal peoples

    Drawing on new ILO data, this brief analyses the vulnerabilities of indigenous and tribal peoples in the COVID-19 context and identifies urgent and continuing actions to ensure their access to decent work and social protection, as part of the unfolding COVID-19 response and recovery.

  5. Addressing stigma and discrimination in the COVID-19 response: Key lessons from the response to HIV and AIDS

    Stigma and discrimination manifest differently in different contexts and for different populations, yet some aspects remain constant. Useful lessons have been learned in the HIV response that could be applied to the COVID-19 response.

  6. ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190):
    12 ways it can support the COVID-19 response and recovery

    This note highlights the relevance of the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) to the current Covid-19 pandemic. It provides examples of work-related violence and harassment that have been reported across countries in the context of Covid-19 1and mentions specific provisions of Convention No. 190 and its accompanying Recommendation No. 206 that can help prevent and address those situations.

  7. The COVID-19 response: Getting gender equality right for a better future for women at work

    This policy brief provides information on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects women and men differently in the world of work and highlights the specific challenges facing women. It provides an overview of the various measures that countries have taken to address the immediate needs of different categories of women workers, and suggests short- and long-term actions that governments can take to advance gender equality for more resilient, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies.


    This document builds on material developed by UNICEF EAPRO, UNICEF ESARO and the ILO. It is an interim guidance note, developed in a fast-evolving situation. It provides general recommendations that aim to help employers strengthen support for workers and their families. 

  1. Gender equality in the world of work:
    Towards a transformative and measurable agenda for more equal societies

    This brochure provides an overview of the situation of women in the labour market and proposes a package of interventions that aim at promoting a transformative and measurable agenda for more equal societies. The brochure provides information on the ILO approach to gender equality in the world of work and its most recent work.

  2. A quantum leap for gender equality: For a better future of work for all

    This report is the culmination of the extensive and often ground-breaking work undertaken in the ILO’s Women at Work Centenary Initiative. It is closely aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  3. Brochure - ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality

    The Action Plan, mandated by the ILO policy on gender equality, is a strategic tool to help achieve the goal of equality between women and men in the world of work.

  4. The rights of indigenous peoples in Asia

    This report seeks to draw a realistic picture of major trends and challenges, and identifies important new opportunities in the framework of the new global agendas on sustainable development and climate action, which call for specific attention regarding the rights and concerns of indigenous peoples.

  5. Executive Summary - The rights of indigenous peoples in Asia

    This is a human rights-based overview of national legal and policy frameworks against the backdrop of country strategies for development and poverty reduction.

  6. Publication

    Closing the gender pay gap: A review of the issues, policy mechanisms and international evidence

    This paper aspires to review key issues, policy mechanisms and international evidence with respect to
    closing the gender pay gap. The core focus of this report is on wage setting institutions and their
    impact on inclusive and gender equitable labour markets.

  7. Working Paper

    Addressing Occupational Violence: An overview of conceptual and policy considerations viewed through a gender lens

    GED Working Paper No. 5/2016

  8. Publication

    Procedures for consultations with indigenous peoples - Experiences from Norway

  9. Women at Work Trends 2016

    The Women at Work report provides the latest ILO data on women’s position in labour markets, examines the factors behind these trends and explores the policy drivers for transformative change.

  10. Publication

    Global Mapping of the Provision of Care through Cooperatives - Survey and Interview Findings

    ILO Cooperatives Unit (COOP) and the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED) undertook a joint initiative to assess the global landscape of cooperatives that provide care, identify the challenges and opportunities that cooperatives face, and determine the resources that cooperatives need in order to be viable care providers, enterprises and employers.

  11. Status Report

    Indigenous Peoples in the World of Work in Asia and the Pacific

  12. Working Paper

    The gender and motherhood wage gap in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: An econometric analysis

    Working Paper No. 6 / 2015

  13. Event

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015: A Day for All

  14. Decision from the ILO GB 325th Session

    Violence against women and men in the world of work

    ILO Governing Body agrees to placing a standard setting item on the agenda for the 2018 International Labour Conference on 'Violence against women and men in the world of work' and asks the ILO to convene a Tripartite Meeting of Experts to discuss the subject in 2016.

Key resources

  1. ILO Action Plan for Gender Equality 2018-21

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

  2. ILO Participatory Gender Audits

    ILO uses participatory gender audits to promote individual and organizational learning on ways to mainstream gender in order to help achieve equality between women and men.

  3. ILO Gender Network Handbook

    This handbook is targeted to ILO Gender network members as well as all ILO staff and representatives of constituents – governments, and employers’ and workers’ organizations – as a support to effectively mainstream gender in all their work.

  4. Reports and conclusions of the ILC 2009 Committee on Gender Equality